‘Modern Swedish rococo’: the Neo-Georgian interior in Britain, c 1920–c 1945

Taylor, Clare (2016). ‘Modern Swedish rococo’: the Neo-Georgian interior in Britain, c 1920–c 1945. In: McKellar, Elizabeth and Holder, Julian eds. Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: A Reappraisal. Swindon: Historic England, pp. 151–166.


This chapter appears in the first book-length study on Neo-Georgian architecture. It considers the way in which the Neo-Georgian was played out in the interiors created by different groups attracted to the Georgian and Regency aesthetic: collectors, decorators and architects. The chapter examines the interiors most familiar to this aesthetic, the country house, taking an innovative approach to analysing how new finishes and materials as well as salvage were reinterpreted, bringing eighteenth-century models into modern life. Secondly, it turns to the London flat, discussing how a pared down aesthetic was adapted to smaller urban spaces. Finally, I discuss the Regency Revival and the phases of its introduction in interiors, from period accuracy to its use in craft based circles. The chapter allows the hitherto overlooked role of the interior in promulgating the Neo-Georgian style to be reassessed against key sites and the overlapping circles of its proponents.

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