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'Living in History' - Book review

Posted by James Mott on 10th May 2011.


Living in History captures English homes through time in a clear, well presented and artistic way, representing all that is good about English architecture through history. The book looks at a variety of interesting English buildings throughout the ages and features hand drawn portraits by the artist Eli Ofir.

The book is formed of eight chapters covering everything from medieval and early Tudor periods to 1930s buildings. Each chapter starts with a brief overview of the period written by Rosalind Chislett and Jane Davidson, and over 117 pages features a range of properties from each period from the humble workman’s cottage to medieval hall houses. Illustrated with photographs and hand drawings by the artist Eli Ofir, each house featured has comment from the owner or artist along with a brief history of the property.
The book covers a remarkable time period of our nation’s heritage properties and illustrates the changes in architecture, design and adaptation through the changing social and economic era’s.
The artist adds his own unique style by adapting the perspective of the portraits in what he terms ‘a twist to perspective’. The combination of black and white hand drawn portraits, fascinating historical detail and interesting quirks of each property makes the book very readable.
ISBN 978-0-9568077-0-0

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