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Collection name The Homewood
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Description As home of architect Patrick Gwynne, the collection of books at The Homewood naturally contains a large number of books on architecture, as well as art and design. The small number of books relating to music consist of Dylan Thomas’ Under milk wood (1954), with music by Daniel Jones; Marcel Brion’s Schumann & the romantic age (1956); John Osborne’s The world of Paul Slickley (1959), with music by Christopher Whelen; Roman Vlad’s Stravinsky (1960); Frank Walker’s The man Verdi (1962); Hunter Davies’ Beatles biography (1968); The Larousse encyclopedia of music (1971); George Melly’s autobiography (1977); and Philip Hoare’s biography of Noël Coward (1996).

Other musical items at the property include a Bechstein boudoir grand piano (1885/6), along with a framed photograph of Gwynne’s friend Geoffrey Rand playing it; and a fitted hi-fi by Bang & Olufsen.

The books and hi-fi are listed on, with a more complete listing of books available on Jisc Library Hub Discover. The piano is not currently listed on any public databases.

Jonathan Frank, May 2020

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Associated People and Organisations Patrick Gwynne 1913 - 2003 Dylan Thomas - Jones, Daniel - John Osborne - Roman Vlad - Stravinsky, Igor - Hunter Davies - Beatles - George Melly - Bechstein, piano makers - Geoffrey Rand - Bang and Olufsen - Christopher Whelen - Frank Walker - Verdi, Giuseppe - Philip Hoare - Noël Coward -
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Associated Times 20th Century
Associated Content Theatre Biography Piano music
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National Trust, The Homewood

Portsmouth Road Esher KT10 9JL Open Map
Building Information One architect's vision of the future.
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