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The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland
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Robert O'Byrne
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The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland

Robert O'Byrne


Cico Books

History of architecture;
Interior design, decor & style guides;
The countryside, country life


176 pages

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Fantastical, often whimsical, and definitely quirky, these atmospheric ruins are beautifully photographed and paired with evocative text by Robert O'Byrne. Born out of Robert's hugely popular blog, The Irish Aesthete, there are castles, sturdy Georgian manors and even a thunderbox (an 1860s two-storey outhouse), the majority of them never previously photographed. Robert focuses on a mixture of exteriors and interiors, of ruins and intact buildings, of architectural details and entire scenarios. There is a close look at the beautiful stucco-work ceiling in Dublin Castle, the origins of which are a mystery, and the splendid Milltown Park in County Offaly which is hidden from sight on all nearby roads, unknown even to many local residents and only discovered at the end of a long, verdant drive. Divided into four sections with equal space given to each of Ireland's provinces, the ruins featured here offer a unique insight into Ireland and an exploration of many styles of historic architecture. The Irish Aesthete: Ruins is every bit as charming and memorable as the Irish people themselves.

By:   Robert O'Byrne
Imprint:   Cico Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 190mm, 
Weight:   759g
ISBN:   9781782496861
ISBN 10:   1782496866
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert O'Byrne is one of Ireland's best-known writers on architecture, fine art and design. A former journalist with the Irish Times, he has written extensively on the country's historic houses and their decoration. Among his previous books are Romantic Irish Homes, Romantic English Homes, Luggala Days and The Dress Code (also published by CICO Books). The author is based in County Meath, Ireland.

This is a beautiful yet sad survey of buildings abandoned to time. * House & Garden *

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