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E. W. Godwin: Aesthetic Movement Architect and Designer
     

E. W. Godwin: Aesthetic Movement Architect and Designer

by Susan Weber (Editor), E. W. Godwin
 

One of the great figures in nineteenth-century English architecture and design, E. W. Godwin (1833–1886) began his career as an architect, later turned to furniture design and decoration, and finally focused on Victorian theater, assuming the roles of costume designer, designer-manager, and critic. In the first section of this book, ten scholars examine

Overview


One of the great figures in nineteenth-century English architecture and design, E. W. Godwin (1833–1886) began his career as an architect, later turned to furniture design and decoration, and finally focused on Victorian theater, assuming the roles of costume designer, designer-manager, and critic. In the first section of this book, ten scholars examine Godwin’s multifaceted life and career, discussing his diverse contributions as a design reformer. The second section of the book presents a fully annotated selection of over 150 items that represent the formation and flowering of Godwin’s oeuvre.

Beginning with an overview of Godwin’s life, the book then examines the antiquarian and Japanese sources of his styles. Separate chapters discuss his architectural achievements, from early church restorations to the design of avant-garde house/studios; his contributions to design reform through writings as an architectural journalist; his role as an interior designer and the importance of furniture in his commissions; and the changing nature of the critical attention he received in life and after his death. In subsequent chapters, the contributors focus on particular products Godwin designed, his own work in the Victorian theater, and the achievements of his son, theatrical designer Edward Gordon Craig.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300080087
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Susan Weber Soros is founder/director of the Bard Graduate Center.

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