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    Shell Houses and Grottoes

    ISBN-10: 0747805229
    ISBN-13: 9780747805229
    Author(s): Hazelle Jackson
    Description: The artificial grotto has a long and intriguing history in architecture and garden design. The earliest grottoes in ancient Greece were pagan shrines dedicated to water nymphs. During the Roman empire these evolved into formal temples to water gods  More...
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    Publisher: Shire Publications, Limited
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 40
    Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
    Weight: 0.242
    Language: English

    The artificial grotto has a long and intriguing history in architecture and garden design. The earliest grottoes in ancient Greece were pagan shrines dedicated to water nymphs. During the Roman empire these evolved into formal temples to water gods and in the sixteenth century grottoes were revived by Renaissance architects to lend an authentic air to neo-classical villas. This book describes the origins of the grotto in Renaissance Italy, its heyday in eighteenth-century England, its decline in the nineteenth century and its return to favour in the late twentieth century. Over 250 surviving grottoes are listed by the English Heritage National Monuments Record, in varying states of repair, and there are more to be discovered. This book contains a comprehensive gazetteer of grottoes and shell houses that the public can visit. About the author Hazelle Jackson is a social history graduate with a life-long interest in subterranean dwellings and man-made caves. She has travelled to the remoter parts of the British Isles to seek out and record the history of shell houses and grottoes.

    Early grottoes
    Grottoes in the eighteenth century: The 'nymphaeum', The shell grotto and house, the simulated limestone cave
    Grottoes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
    Design, construction and decoration
    Further reading
    Gazetteer of grottoes to visit

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