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Quarto, red illus. cloth (hardcover), xviii p. 205 plates. 29 cm. Fine, in Very Good dust jacket with several small tears and chips. In this delightful book, which proves the saying that one picture is worth a thousand words, Harold Peterson has assembled over 200 pictures illustrating American indoor life, a wonderfully diverse selection from a wide variety of sources. He begins with the earliest useful picture of an American interior, dated 1659, and continues for more than two centuries, using 1876, the date of the Philadelphia Centennial, as a convenient stopping point. The majority are family groups, many of which include pets -- dogs, cats and cage birds. The earliest painters have painstakingly included details of the rooms and furnishings, not always in perspective but clearly showing the casings of windows and doors, floor coverings, upholstery and draperies as well as actual furniture. As the book progresses to themore sophisticated work of the lat 18th and 19th centuries, the backgrounds are clearly shown by the artists to reflect the status of the people depicted and range from elegant drawing rooms to simple cabins. A section on inns and taverns provides some lively interiors with furnishings which would not appear in private homes. Detailed captions accompany each picture.
Title: Americans at Home: From the Colonists to the Late Victorians. A Pictorial Source Book of America's Domestic Interiors with an Appendix of Inns and Taverns.
Publisher: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, . First Edition.:
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