Lingering over the last 2 chapters of Alexandra Harris in Romantic Moderns exploring metaphors of the country house in art and literature. I think what is interesting is how many of the themes resonant with the heritage issues, where the country house is represented as a symbol of authorised heritage (especially here in the UK).
She records Sitwell stating that Piper is recording houses, at the moment they are … (amongst other things) “becoming sterilized and scionless possessions of the National Trust”” (Sitwell, cited Harris 2010, p. 285).
Earlier in the year Blake Morrison wrote this in the guardian when Alan Hollinghurst’s The Stranger’s Child was published. Loved the novel and the article!