A perfect period piece, charming and beautifully written, fully documented. Interior decoration as the medium for vignettes of people, -- political, literary, aristocratic, French, English and American. The cultural phases of a century, witty, gay, perceptive. It is not a book for interior decorators, not a study of the hows and whys of the Victorian decor, but a book for people of taste, liking odd bits from a past century. The three distinct periods of the Victorian regime are presented. All in all, fascinating reading, and fragrantly nostaligic.