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Follies: Fabulous, Fanciful and Frivolous Buildings

Written by Gwyn Headley
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Bringing together Britain's best-loved ornamental, fantastical, and sometimes just plain mystifying buildings, this charming book is packed with beautiful photos and fascinating historical information written in a chatty and accessible style.

Britain's countryside is liberally sprinkled with follies—eccentric, original buildings built for fun by landowners and aristocrats over the centuries. They include prospect towers, ornamental temples, rustic hermits' cottages, faux-prehistoric stone circles, and some buildings that don't seem to have had any purpose at all.

In this fascinating and stylish book, folly expert Gwyn Headley brings together some of the most beautiful and intriguing follies, from the craggy fake ruin at Mow Cop in Cheshire to the elegant buildings created by Henry Hoare for his great landscape garden at Stourhead. He also introduces some very extraordinary characters, such as Frederick Hervey, the "Earl-Bishop," who had an obsession with women, volcanoes, and rotundas, and Sir Thomas Tresham, whose fervent Catholicism inspired him to create the extraordinary Lyveden New Bield, an unfinished building suffused with religious symbolism.

Fully illustrated with exquisite images of these remarkable buildings, this insightful book will inspire the folly hunter in everyone.

This book accompanies the upcoming exhibition "Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden" in the Winterthur Garden, April 1, 2018 – January 5, 2020.

Escape into the imaginative world of garden follies, Winterthur’s first-ever exhibit of whimsical and classic garden structures – all set within Henry Francis du Pont’s majestic garden! Thirteen fantastic structures await exploration – from a Gothic-inspired tower, an Ottoman tent, and neoclassical follies to a Chinese pavilion, American summerhouses, a faerie cottage, and creative contemporary follies.

• Hardback; 128 pages.

• Dimensions: 7.5" X 6".

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