The House of Fiction

By Phyllis Richardson

A cultural exploration of British houses in fiction from Shandy Hall to Manderley

Friday, 3 February 2017

Hooray for Harriet!

Hi, there, I am very pleased to announce that I've received the final drawings from Harriet Winterburn of the houses that will form the Chapter Openers for the book (and from which some of you will be receiving a print).  How will you choose? They are really wonderful and I'm very much looking forward to everyone else getting to see how detailed, original and atmospheric they are, which is not so apparent here. Here's a snapshot from the portfolio showing Abbotsford (above) and Restoration House (model for Miss Havisham's Satis House in Great Expectations). For anyone who would like a print but didn't get to the pledge box in time, I'm sure Harriet can accommodate you once the book is out.

Just the last edits to finish up now in the next week or so. And I'm just heading off to look at some 18th- and 19th-century engravings which will make up some of the other illustrations.

Nearly there. As always, I'm very grateful for your patience and support.



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Philippa Manasseh
 Philippa Manasseh says:

Gorgeous pictures - looking forward to the book.

posted 3rd February 2017

Felicity Guinness
 Felicity Guinness says:

I love the pictures too - they have real personality....

posted 3rd February 2017

Constanze Schweda
 Constanze Schweda says:

lovely drawings, refreshingly non-architectural

posted 3rd February 2017

Celia Berridge
 Celia Berridge says:

Beautiful illustrations, professional and concise, catching the essence of each place, like very good poetry. Can't wait for the book x

posted 3rd February 2017

Felicity Guinness
 Felicity Guinness says:

Words utterly fail - and that's because they're utterly good.

posted 7th February 2017

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