Fashion, heritance and family: new and old in the Georgian country house

Jon Stobart, Mark Rothery

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    Abstract

    This article explores the material culture of the eighteenth century aristocracy through a detailed analysis of the Leigh Family of Stoneleigh Abbey. Drawing on a succession of detailed inventories and a large collection of receipted bills the article explores changes and continuities in the spatiality of material culture at Stoneleigh and, in particular, the ways in which old and new co-existed through the differential construction and use of domestic space. On the basis of this evidence we argue that conspicuous consumption and positional goods were only one aspect of methodologies of distinction in the complex semiotics of status expressed through country house interiors. Rank, dignity and lineage were also expressed through older goods and goods with ‘patina’ value.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCultural and Social History
    Volume11
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014

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    Country House
    Material Culture
    Dignity
    Methodology
    Patina
    Continuity
    Spatiality
    Domestic Space
    Conspicuous Consumption
    Aristocracy
    Abbeys

    Keywords

    • Country house
    • consumption
    • material culture
    • patina

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    In: Cultural and Social History, Vol. 11, No. 3, 01.09.2014.

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