Evolution of the English Country House

Developed with Paul Barnwell, historian at the University of Oxford


Music: Piano Trio in E Flat, Op. 100 by Franz Schubert


This animation traces changes to English country house design between 1660 and 1715. In 1660, the typical Elizabethan style country house was compact, fortified, and square. By 1715, the emerging Baroque and Palladian country house was spread out, less compact, and better integrated into the rural landscape. The gardens became an extension of the house. This animation illustrates the aesthetic and architectural changes during this era.


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