‘At home’ in Standen: a study of the Beale family’s lived experience of their late-nineteenth century Arts and Crafts home, 1890-1914

Stutchbury, Anne (2016) ‘At home’ in Standen: a study of the Beale family’s lived experience of their late-nineteenth century Arts and Crafts home, 1890-1914. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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This thesis is a study of the social and cultural significance of Standen from the
perspective of the Beale family’s lived experience of the property from 1890 to
1914. The Beales commissioned architect Philip Webb to design Standen in
1891, they were sole owners of the property until it was bequeathed to the
National Trust in the early 1970s. Although Standen is recognised by
architectural historians as a fine and complete example of Art and Crafts
architecture of the period and is celebrated for its William Morris wallpapers,
little is known about how the family experienced the house. Drawing on Henri
Lefebvre’s theory which understands a user’s space as lived and not
represented, this thesis moves away from traditional architectural accounts to
focus on the family’s lived experience and the role they played in the creation of
Standen. It analyses family and estate archives, the property and its collection
of objects and photographs to reveal that Standen’s decorative interior, as an
‘eclectic’ mix of styles blending Arts and Crafts with Aestheticism, was
interwoven with social and cultural meaning. Representing original and
innovative research into the history of domestic interiors and living space, this
thesis aims to encourage new ways of engaging with and critically
understanding the late-nineteenth century Arts and Crafts Movement.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > Art History
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals > CD0921 Archives
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA4100 Special classes of buildings > NA7100 Domestic architecture. Houses. Dwellings
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts > NK1135 Arts and crafts movement
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 10:57
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 11:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63357

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