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The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland (Hardcover)
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Go on a journey with Robert O’Byrne as he brings fascinating Irish ruins to life.
Fantastical, often whimsical, and frequently quirky, these atmospheric ruins are beautifully photographed and paired with fascinating text by Robert O’Byrne. Born out of Robert’s hugely popular blog, The Irish Aesthete, there are Medieval castles, Georgian mansions, Victorian lodges, and a myriad of other buildings, many never previously published. Robert focuses on a mixture of exteriors and interiors in varying stages of decay, on architectural details, and entire scenarios. Accompanying texts tell of the Regency siblings who squandered their entire fortune on gambling and carousing, of an Anglo-Norman heiress who pitched her husband out the window on their wedding night, and of the landlord who liked to walk around naked and whose wife made him carry a cowbell to warn housemaids of his approach. Arranged by the country’s four provinces, the diverse ruins featured offer a unique insight into Ireland and an exploration of her many styles of historic architecture.
About the Author
Robert O’Byrne is a perfect gentleman. Among his books for CICO are 'The Perfectly Behaved Gentleman', 'The Perfectly Dressed Gentleman' , 'The Perfectly Groomed Gentleman', and 'Luggala Days'. The author is based in County Meath, Ireland.
This book is a love letter to the romantic ruins that litter Ireland’s landscape – Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
This is a beautiful yet sad survey of buildings abandoned to time. – House & Garden