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5.0 out of 5 stars Arts and crafts, 23 Nov 2010
This review is from: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain (Shire History) (Paperback)
Really good reference source to get started on learning about the Arts and Crafts movement. Came to this book after reading AS Byatts 'The Children's Book' which was brilliant. Lovely photos.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book review, 19 Dec 2010
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This review is from: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain (Shire History) (Paperback)
This is another excellent book by, probably the best and most knowledgeable Arts and Crafts Movement specialist in the UK. It is Cheltenham's loss that the author is no longer the curator of the Arts and Crafts collection in Cheltenham. Always erudite and interesting, the author's love and understanding of her subject matter shines through and inspires the reader to further reseach reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Book, 23 April 2013
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This book is divided into nine chapters: What was the Arts and Crafts Movement? The Pioneers of the Movement, The Movement Takes Shape, Architecture and the Building Crafts, The Arts and Crafts Interior. Arts and Crafts Living, Arts and Crafts and Social Change, The Suruvival of the Arts and Crafts Movement and Seeing and Collecting Arts and Crafts Work. The Arts and Crafts Movement was developed in England at the end of the nineteenth-century and it dominated craft and design in Britain until 1914. The generation of craft and designers of the the 1850s and 1860s took on and developed the ideas of William Morris about materials, handwork and design. This went on to motivate the founding of the Movement. The foundation of the Art Workers Guild in 1884 and its offshoot the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, provided the Movement with its public face. (p.7) William Morris was friendly with Edward Burne Jones (the last of the pre-Raphaelites) he was renowned for designing fabrics and furniture. Morris was also a founder of The Arts and Craft Movement andMorris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. Until I read this book I was unaware of the profound influence the Arts and Craft Movement had on every area of design including metal work, interiors, garden design, tapestry, even writing etc. Moreover, the movement was created against the backdrop of the Victorian passion for elaborate and rich design and the Industrial Revolution. In all the Book has 128 pages including the index and Further reading. It is a lovely book and also contains a number of black and white and colour photographs including a photo of the Bishop Gibson Processional Cross designed by George Hart for Gloucester Cathedral in 1924, 'The Song', a pendant by Phoebe Traquair in gold and enamel on copper in 1904,The half-timbered main hall at Blackwell Bowness-on-Windermere, designed by M.H. Baillie in 1898 as the main entertaining area of the house, the praising Angel stained-glass window by Morris&Company dating from 1902, Morris and Co. continued to produce glass until the 1930s. There is also a magnificent photo of the east window of Chapter House Gloucester Cathedral by Christopher Whall, 1903, and The east window , Holy Trinity, Sloane Street, London, this was the largest window aver to be made by Morris&Co. Edward Burne Jones was responsible for most of the design. There are forty-eight figures in the lower section of the window (the aforementioned photos are in colour). However, there too many for me to mention here. The black and white photos feature many of the arts and crafts workers and designers in action. An excellent book for anyone interested in the Arts and Crafts Movement or even thee Pre-Raphaelites which is what made me want to read the book. High commendation to the author for her research. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, 4 Mar 2013
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A wide ranging and thorough coverage. Easy to read. I wanted a good introduction to the subject and read this in one session. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As described, 17 May 2014
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Bought for my wife this is exactly what was expected. Very well written and illustrated, recommended for lovers of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise introduction, 14 May 2014
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A clearly explained introduction to a subject whose boundaries are as wide as you wish to make them.
I would recommend it as an excellent starting point for a more detailed examination of the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arts and Crafts Movement, 28 July 2013
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Informative book with wide background to the Arts and Crafts Movement which will be a huge help in my role as a National Trust Guide at a property built in this period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 17 Feb 2013
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Great book packed full of high quality photos of some lovely houses and furniture/craft items, good value for money and highly recommended
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