The Inspection of the Curious”: The Country-House Guidebook c. 1750-1990
Paul Mellon Centre, London, 5 September 2016 – 6 January 2017
The British country-house guidebook is a very specific genre of travel guide, with particular characteristics which have, arguably, remained relatively unchanged from beginnings in the mid-eighteenth century until the present day. Generally small in size, lightweight and inexpensive, they were intended to be portable in order to be carried round the house whilst visiting. The history of the country-house guidebook relates closely to the practice of visiting country houses.