Grand Illusions

Historic Decorative Interior Painting in North Carolina

By Laura A. W. Phillips

Grand Illusions

Approx. 140 pp., 11 x 8.5, 60 color plates., 50 halftones, bibl., list of painters

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8652-6491-5
    Published: January 2019

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Distributed for the North Carolina Office of Archives and History

With Grand Illusions, Laura Phillips brings to readers her findings after decades of study of decorative interior painting. The chief focus is on the walls of North Carolina residences in the nineteenth century with nods to examples in nonresidential and out-of-state structures. Types studied include wood-grained painting; marbled, stone-blocked, and smoked painting; stenciled painting; and trompe-l’oeil and scenic paintings. The volume includes an extended essay on the topic accompanied by a photographic catalog of the properties and examples.

About the Author

Laura A. W. Phillips, architectural historian in Winston-Salem, is the author of Legacy of Faith: Rural Methodist Churches in North Carolina (2010), Transylvania: The Architectural History of a Mountain County (1998), and Simple Treasures: The Architectural Legacy of Surry County (1987), as well as local studies of architecture in Hickory, Reidsville, and Cashiers.
For more information about Laura A. W. Phillips, visit the Author Page.