on 28 June 2008
This book is well produced, full of examples of De Morgan's
wonderful free flowing designs, mostly organic .Also
beau ideal stylised forms of animals, birds and fish.
A good range of his Red luster designs. Plus two good essays by
Elizabeth Aslin and Alan Caiger-Smith.
In conclusion a very good informative book by Jon Catleugh at a giveaway price, its worth every penny.
on 29 December 2012
I suppose i come to this book form a particular viewpoint, that of wanting to look at the tile designs with a view to inspiring stained glass designs. What i really needed was a catalogue of tile designs, and this book isn't that.
This book is understandably a broader view of de Morgan's life and career and as such is very good. It was first published in 1983 and that might account for the fact that most of the illustrations are black and white. Printing technology has moved on and we'd benefit from a new account which makes use of the freer availability of colour printing to bring out the extraordinary colours of the tiles. But good as far as it goes...