Above: The Atlas Fountain on the grounds of Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, England

For us, as for many Americans, the “Downton Abbey” world of the grand English country house is a source of enduring fascination. Many writers have speculated as to why this milieu should so appeal to a people who founded a nation in revolt against monarchy and aristocracy, but I’ve never heard a convincing explanation. It’s just a self-evident fact.

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Above: The Atlas Fountain on the grounds of Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, England

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