London's Suburban Villas and Mansions, 1660–1830
Author: Gerhold, Dorian
Source: The London Journal, Volume 34, Number 3, November 2009 , pp. 233-263(31)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:This article turns the spotlight from the architectural aspects of London's suburban villas to their social and economic aspects, and from the few celebrated villas to villas in general, including the many architecturally undistinguished ones. It also brings into the story the vast suburban mansions of the sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries. It examines the distribution of villas around London, the chronology of their development, the nature of their occupants, how common it was to have a villa, and how villas were used. The changing character of villas in the eighteenth century is noted. The characterisation of villas as summer residences is refined, revealing a more complex picture.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Roehampton University, UK
Publication date: 2009-11-01