Timothy Mowl, Elizabethan & Jacobean Style, 1993 and 2001

Timothy Mowl, Elizabethan & Jacobean Style, Phaidon Press Limited, London, 1993 (softcover edition 2001). 240 pages, exquisitely illustrated with numerous illustrations, approximately 9 3/4 inches x 11 1/2 inches.

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Review by Sarah E. Mitchell

Elizabethan & Jacobean Style is a lavishly illustrated work on the English architecture, interior design, garden design, artwork, tableware, and social mores that existed during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I. The book is a very lively and interesting read (although I would have preferred to have less included on things of an intimate nature; if I was giving the book a movie rating, it would either be a PG-13 or an R).

The Elizabethan and Jacobean periods are defined in this work as being from 1558 to 1625, which obviously is earlier than most surviving buildings in the United States. However, a few structures in the United States have Jacobean and Elizabethan characteristics (Bacon's Castle in Virginia is Jacobean, although evidently built around 40 years after the end of the Jacobean period). In addition, Elizabethan and Jacobean Revival buildings were constructed in both the United States and Great Britian in the 1800's and early 1900's, and the final chapter in the book is devoted to these later examples, built in what Mowl calls Jacobethan style.

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