E. W. Godwin: Aesthetic Movement Architect and Designer

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This book examines the multifaceted life of E. W. Godwin, an Englishman who began his career as an architect, later turned to furniture design and decoration, then assumed several roles in Victorian theater--costume designer, designer-manager, and critic. The book also presents an annotated selection of 150 items representative of Godwin's work and his diverse contributions to design reform.
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Overview

This book examines the multifaceted life of E. W. Godwin, an Englishman who began his career as an architect, later turned to furniture design and decoration, then assumed several roles in Victorian theater--costume designer, designer-manager, and critic. The book also presents an annotated selection of 150 items representative of Godwin's work and his diverse contributions to design reform.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Oscar Wilde referred to Edward William Godwin (1833-86) as "one of the most artistic spirits of this century in England." Just as Dudley Harbron's 1949 biography The Conscious Stone reintroduced Godwin to the 20th century, this catalog and its companion exhibit, held at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, will secure his place in the 21st. This comprehensive volume is the first ever to document and illustrate all aspects of Godwin's life as architect; then as designer of furniture, fabrics, ceramics, and wallpaper; and finally as costume designer, designer-manager, and critic of Victorian theater. Following an overview of Godwin's very interesting life, separate chapters by 11 scholars examine his contributions to the various arts. The book's large format, the extensive illustrations, and the comprehensive bibliographies promise to make this a key work on Godwin. It is highly recommended for all art and design collections and will be valuable to most large general collections.--Jay Schafer, Bay Path Coll. Lib., Longmeadow, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300080087
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 12.35 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 13
1 Edward William Godwin (1833-1886): Aesthetic Polymath 19
2 E. W. Godwin as an Antiquary 45
3 E. W. Godwin and Japonisme in England 71
4 E. W. Godwin and Modernism 93
5 An Aesthetic Education: The Architecture Criticism of E. W. Godwin 115
6 The Architectural Career of E. W. Godwin 127
7 E. W. Godwin and Interior Design 185
8 The Furniture of E. W. Godwin 225
9 E. W. Godwin and Textile Design 263
10 E. W. Godwin and Wallpaper Design 281
11 E. W. Godwin and Ceramics 297
12 E. W. Godwin and Design for the Theater 313
13 The Genetic Legacy 353
Chronology 361
Checklist of the Exhibition 375
Bibliography 397
Index 421
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