Czechbook

BookletCoverSmaller A sketchbook of some Historic Buildings of the Czech Republic by Stephen Harte and Barbara Peacock

This charming booklet seeks to highlight the cultural richness of the Czech Republic through some of its great buildings. It features original watercolours and sketches by the artist Stephen Harte based on impressions recorded during his visits to the country. These are linked by a brief but authoritative historical narrative by Barbara Peacock. Together they show some of the delights to be enjoyed by anyone living in or visiting the Czech Republic, set against the background of a turbulent past. The Czech Republic has a greater concentration of country houses (zámky) than almost any other country in Europe, and this booklet gives a preliminary taste of what is on offer. Read more/

Stephen Harte 's previous occupation as an architect and landscape architect has helped him to develop skills and interests that he now uses in painting. As well as exhibiting his paintings, this is his third recent project illustrating publications for raising awareness and money for different charities. His work includes a wide range of themes with his aim of capturing the visual life of his subject.

Barbara Peacock MA FRSA is an architectural historian with a particular interest in the country house. For over 20 years she has travelled extensively in the Czech Republic researching the magnificent and still comparatively little-known legacy of great country houses and has led many group visits.  Published 2014, 31 pages, full-colour illustrations, £8.50 incl. p&p.

To order a copy please email:  or send your name, address and a cheque for £8.50 per copy to: 'Czechbook' Sales, Church Cottage, Beauworth, ALRESFORD, Hampshire SO24 0PA.

Profits go to The Friends of Czech Heritage, of which Barbara Peacock is a founder.

Review: "Czechbook is a charming memoir, encapsulating the appeal of the Czech heritage. It deserves a place on the bookshelves of all those who, like me, treasure the memory of past visits; but it also – as John Sweetman remarks in his introduction – is a forward-looking book. It conveys somehow the aspiration to create a world which is stable, prosperous, morally robust and artistically fulfilled. As such, the book is suggestive of a deeper meaning and, for those who may have just discovered the Czech heritage, it forms an essential taster for what lies ahead."  Prof. Francis Terry