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Foreword [Tessa Murdoch?] Preface Acknowledgements Chapter One - Silver patronage in the early 18th century: John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol Chapter Two - Silver for the diplomatic armoury: George William, 2nd Earl of Bristol Chapter Three - Pomp, power and politics: the later career of the 2nd Earl of Bristol Chapter Four - Survival against the odds: the Ickworth silver after 1775. CATALOGUE Part 1 Silver of the 1st Earl of Bristol Part 2 Silver of Lord and Lady Hervey Part 3 Silver of the 2nd Earl of Bristol Part 4 Silver from the late 18th and 19th centuries APPENDICES 1: References to silver in the 1st Earl of Bristol's accounts 2: Documents relating to the 2nd Earl of Bristol's diplomatic plate 3: List of plate belonging to the 5th Earl of Bristol, 1811, with later additions 4. Hervey family tree

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A fascinating glimpse into Ickworth House's stunning silver collection

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James Rothwell studied art history at Warwick University and gained a Master's Degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has worked for the National Trust since 1995 and is the organisation's adviser on silver, carrying out extensive research on the collections and guiding displays, interpretation and acquisitions. He has published numerous articles on the subject and is the co-author of Country House Silver from Dunham Massey (2006). In collaboration with the Goldsmiths' Company he has overseen a ground-breaking series of exhibitions of works by contemporary silversmiths in National Trust houses.


"Objects, people and archives have been brought together by James Rothwell to create an engaging and handsomely illustrated study of the silver of nine members of an aristocratic family."

--Philippa Glanville, Burlington Magazine

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