Mary Gilliatt. Photographs by Michael Boys.
London. The Bodley Head. 1967. First UK edition. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket, card slipcase. Illustrated throughout in colour. 285 x 370mm (11¼ x 14½"). 1.7kg. . English. Near fine; some light creasing to edges of dust jacket and spotting to spine, some light shelf wear to outer card slipcase, otherwise in very good clean condition.
'Mary Gilliatt's survey of the enormous changes of the last few years traces the evolution of the Grand Style Anglais, with its chintz and its polished eighteenth-century furniture, into the various styles now current, whose only common denominator is their Englishness. The Englishness, this elusive essence inherent in English decoration, is caught again and again in Michael Boys's beautiful colour photographs, which were taken specially for the book.' (from the blurb).
A well-preserved copy of this charming vintage book showing many of the most important and influential homes in England at the time. Boys's images capture the 60s aesthetic perfectly. The interiors are divided into stylistic sections: Post-Festival Influence (inc. Robin and Lucienne Day), Sturdy British (inc. Terence Conran), The Purists (inc. Peter Hall, Geoffrey Clarke, Colin St John Wilson), The New Wave (inc. Leslie Waddington), English Style (inc. Ricki Huston), Old Houses Renewed (inc. Kensington Palace, Britwell Salome), Fantasy in Decoration and Designer-Decorators (inc. David Hicks, Jean-Claude Ciancimino, Geoffrey Bennison).