Consumption and the country house by Jon Stobart, Mark Rothery


By Jon Stobart, Mark Rothery

This learn explores the intake practices of the landed aristocracy of Georgian England. Focussing on 3 households and drawing on distinct research of account books, receipted debts, family inventories, diaries and correspondence, this e-book charts the spending styles of this elite workforce in the course of the so-called patron revolution of the eighteenth century. commonly tested in the course of the lens of middling Read more...


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Yet luxury was undergoing significant change during the early-modern period. 11 This chapter engages with these ideas by exploring the anatomy of aristocratic spending. We begin by mapping out the overall volume of expenditure by the Leighs and the Newdigates across the period, analysing the rhythms of their spending and 5 Veblen, Theory of the Leisure Class, 74; N. Elias, The Court Society (Oxford, 1983), esp. 78–116. See also A. Chatenet-Calyste, ‘Feminine luxury in Paris: Marie-Fortunée d’Este, Princesse de Conti (1731–1803)’ in D.

MacDonald, ‘“Not unmarked by some eccentricities”: the Leigh family of Stoneleigh Abbey’ in R. ), Stoneleigh Abbey: The House, Its Owners, Its Lands (Stoneleigh, 2004), 142. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 15/04/16, SPi 20 Consumption and the Country House Mary Holbech by her father, Thomas Holbech of Fillongley in Warwickshire, and helped to fund the construction of the massive west range at Stoneleigh Abbey. 77 Thomas, the fourth Lord Leigh (1713–49) married twice. His first wife was Maria Craven, with whom he had four sons and a daughter (although three sons died in infancy); his second was Catherine Berkley—a marriage which lasted little more than a year and produced a daughter, Anne.

OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 09/04/16, SPi 34 Consumption and the Country House PAT T E R N S O F S P E N D I N G The aristocracy spent large amounts of money on themselves; on their estates, country houses, and contents; on travel and leisure; and on all the other various aspects of their lives that made them so distinctive. However, they had a certain level of choice to make as to where they would direct their spending: what types of luxuries to buy and which investments to make. The discretionary spending behaviour exhibited by these families can tell us much about their distinctive priorities, interests, and identities, and equally about the values and patterns of behaviour they shared as members of the landed elites.

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