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eBook Nancy Lancaster: Her Life, Her World, Her Art ePub

eBook Nancy Lancaster: Her Life, Her World, Her Art ePub

by Robert Becker

  • ISBN: 0394567919
  • Category: History and Criticism
  • Subcategory: Photo and Art
  • Author: Robert Becker
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (February 13, 1996)
  • Pages: 426
  • ePub book: 1800 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1569 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 952

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Nancy Lancaster is quoted in boldface throughout the text, and it is fascinating to read her own thoughts. This book provides a very flattering portrait of Nancy and her relatives. Becker's book focuses on Nancy's achievements.

Nancy Lancaster is quoted in boldface throughout the text, and it is fascinating to read her own thoughts. For example, David Hicks is quoted in the text saying that Nancy was the foremost garden designer of the twentieth century. Well, he's entitled to his opinion-and that's what it is.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 401-406) and index

Includes bibliographical references (p. 401-406) and index. Mirador - "Always a Virginian" - 1910 to 1920 - A house of her own: Mirador revisited - Kelmarsh Hall - Ditchley Park - "When the moon is high" - Other houses - Rainbow quest - Haseley Court.

Nancy Lancaster book. A portrait of Nancy Lancaster's life and work celebrates her artistic talents while chronicling her pre-World War I childhood in Virginia, her marriages and love affairs, and her friendships with the churchills, Noel Coward, and the royal family.

A portrait of Nancy Lancaster's life and work celebrates her artistic talents while chronicling her pre-World War I childhood in Virginia, her marriages and love affairs, and her friendships with the churchills, Noel Coward, and the royal family. Nancy was from Virginia & taught England how to live large. com User, November 6, 2007. A wonderful life story about the woman who helped us all know how to live life at the top. What style, what grace, what spunk - I simply adore her & this was the first book that introduced her to the world.

A portrait of Nancy Lancaster's life and work celebrates her artistic talents while chronicling her pre-World . Nancy Lancaster the book was engaging, informative a pleasure to immerse in her world. A gift for my wife, an avid reader and subject delighter

A portrait of Nancy Lancaster's life and work celebrates her artistic talents while chronicling her pre-World War I childhood in Virginia, her marriages and love affairs, and her friendships with the churchills, Noel Coward, and the royal family. A gift for my wife, an avid reader and subject delighter. She thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the insights. Проверенная покупка: да Состояние товара: Подержанные. Наиболее популярные в Научная литература.

Nancy Lancaster died in 1994 and is buried in Virginia, between her first husband and the infant daughter from her second marriage. Nancy Lancaster; Her Life, Her World, Her Art. Nancy Lancaster: English Country House Style, by Martin Wood, Frances Lincoln Ltd, London 2005. Oxford DNB theme: Glamour boys. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.

Journalist Becker allows Lancaster to tell her own story, focusing on her homes and gardens while giving an entertaining description of wealthy Anglo-American life during the 20th century. Lancaster, who died in 1994 at the age of 93, was a decorator and designer who specialized in stately homes and their gardens. Her elegant biography?which has all the earmarks of an officially sanctioned work?is, like its subject, something of an elaborately maintained anachronism, in which meticulously described rooms are far more important than the people who inhabit them. Lancaster was born in Virginia.

We see her astonishing houses and estates - in Virginia and in England - and watch as she brings them beautifully to life with her maverick eye and exquisite taste. We see her among her family and servants living at Mirador, the idyllic Virginia manor owned by her grandfather Langhorne.

This book tells the story of Nancy Lancaster, an American who married into British society and invented the 20th Century English country house style. This book tells how she bought American comfort and practicality to grand English homes, like Downton, bringing them up to date. Her aunt was Nancy Astor and her clients came largely from her own social connections. She had a big impact on the taste of people like the Crawleys.

A chronicle of Nancy Lancaster's life from genteel, but poor, Virginia aristrocracy to the heights of British society. by Robert Becker New York: Alfred A. Knopf, This biography of her life and work. The niece of Nancy Astor, Mrs. Lancaster was considered to "have the best taste in the world. Hardcover with jacket.

16 pages of illustrations, 152 b/w photographs in text

Comments

Soustil Soustil
The definitive biography about Nancy Lancaster and growing up in a long-ago era in Virginia, her life in England with second husband Ronald Tree, and of course her interior design talents which culminated in the formation and huge success of the interiors business, Colefax and Fowler.
Tar Tar
This is well written and gives a glimpse into the lives of the very wealthy and privileged in the early and mid twentieth century. Nancy Lancaster is quoted in boldface throughout the text, and it is fascinating to read her own thoughts.

This book provides a very flattering portrait of Nancy and her relatives.Becker's book focuses on Nancy's achievements. For example, David Hicks is quoted in the text saying that Nancy was the foremost garden designer of the twentieth century." Well, he's entitled to his opinion--and that's what it is.

An opposing view is given in relative James Fox's "Five Sisters: The Langhornes of Virginia," published in 2001. Fox's book presents the family, warts and all. (Nancy is the daughter of Elizabeth, one of the five). Differences in "fact" arise. Becker speaks of the paterfamilias being extremely wealthy, while Fox states that Colonel Langhorne's fortunes declined when the daughters were marriageable young women.

Will the real Nancy Lancaster please stand up?
WOGY WOGY
Nancy Lancaster, daughter of one of the fabled Langhorne sisters of Virginia, is a worthy biographical subject on her own. From the time she married until her death at the great age of 97 in 1994, she lived in splendor, most of which she created herself.
Nancy was born in Abermarle county, VA in 1897 at Mirador, the plantation of her grandfather, Chiswell (Chillie) Langhorne. She was raised there and in Richmond until the sudden death of her parents when she was a teenager. The lovely Nancy lived with aunts (Irene, who was the prototype of the famous Gibson Girl and Nancy, who became Lady Astor and was the first woman to be elected to Parliament). She married Henry Field, of the fabulously wealthy Marshall Field family, but five months later he died suddenly of a minor operation. Subsequently, she remarried Ronald Tree, American born, but raised in England. The Trees, if possible, were even wealthier than the Fields. Nancy's goal was to live at Mirador, but Ronald's ties and ambitions in politics were all in England. She spent the greater part of her life in England and became renowned for her brilliant decorating of her grand country houses and her skill as a charming hostess.
The book is part biography (Becker) interspersed with Nancy's own recollections that are printed in boldface. The first part of the book is excellent in giving a real feel of the very conservative upper class South still recovering from the ravages of the Civil War. Nancy draws vivid word pictures of her family and surroundings. She displays a vibrant wit and sense of humor. From the time of her second marriage forward, the emphasis is on her homes and how she decorated them.
Though I am not a big fan of "tell-all" types of memoirs, "Nancy Lancaster" is downright curious in the way factual information is elided or ignored. She was very close to all her famous aunts, yet never mentions when or how they died except for Lady Astor. She states Lady Astor was the "last" of the sisters, and that is the first the reader knows the other four are deceased. Nancy has an older brother, who is mentioned twice in the entire book. We aren't told if he was a black sheep, disliked by Nancy or ran off to South America. Nancy seems to have a fond relationship with Ronald Tree but for unknown reasons divorces him in 1945 and marries (briefly we suppose, as he never is mentioned again) "Jubie" Lancaster.
All readers will not enjoy the heavy emphasis on how she renovated, decorated, and beautified all her homes and gardens. The book lacks enough pictures to show adequately what she has done. I found the book highly readable, but unless you have an interest in early 20th century English society, stately homes and Virginia, you will be disappointed.
-sweetmolly-Amazon.com Reviewer
Mr.Champions Mr.Champions
Robert Becker has written a fascinating book on the life of Nancy Lancaster which I have just read in the summer of 2000. It is even more timely with the new biography of Sister Parrish just out this summer. Becker is an extremely good story teller, with a fine ability to capture the life and times of his subject. My family is from the same area of Virginia, and he has the piedmont Virginia people described in the most believeable way, including expressions of the eras covered. The technique of incorporating Nancy Lancaster's own account in the body of the book is most effective. I was worried in reading the introduction that it might be intrusive, but not so. The book made me think of Eleanor Brown of Mcmillan and Company in New York, and Sarah Hunter Kelly - all decorators of the same generation. Hats off to Robert Becker!!! Nicholas Bragg
snowball snowball
Having worked for Nancy Lancaster in her last house,the 'Coach House' in Oxfordshire, I found this a fascinating read. Her life was very full and she met and knew so many interesting people of whom she was interested in talking about. Her style was to be envied and even copied. I would love a copy of this to read again.
Pedora Pedora
A wonderful life story about the woman who helped us all know how to live life at the top. What style, what grace, what spunk - I simply adore her & this was the first book that introduced her to the world. I am traveling to England to tour her homes in 2 weeks & re-read this again along with the other books on her life.
breakingthesystem breakingthesystem
I could not put this book down! This woman, who most of the public probably never heard of, lived a fascinating life. The world WAS a smaller place long ago and far away....
If you are interested in a comprehensive biography of Nancy Lancaster's life, this offers it. Love the quotes in here by Lancaster. You get a sense of what she was like. Designer Mark Hampton said she was the most fascinating woman he ever met. I found it interesting that a fortune teller told her, as a young woman, that she was going to be a decorator before she even knew what a decorator was. Wish there were better images of room she decorated, but film was grainier back then and not all images are in color. This is a delight to read if you're interested in Lancaster.