The Grammar of Ornament

Overview

First published in 1856, The Grammar of Ornament—the first organized catalog of decorative elements from many European and Asian cultures—influenced designers from William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright and continues to inspire artisans today. This outstanding contemporary edition includes the more than 2,350 beautifully engraved patterns and designs found in the original version, plus commentary and captions for today's readers. A classic of design in an accessible pocket format, The Grammar of Ornament is an ...
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Overview

First published in 1856, The Grammar of Ornament—the first organized catalog of decorative elements from many European and Asian cultures—influenced designers from William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright and continues to inspire artisans today. This outstanding contemporary edition includes the more than 2,350 beautifully engraved patterns and designs found in the original version, plus commentary and captions for today's readers. A classic of design in an accessible pocket format, The Grammar of Ornament is an excellent resource for artists, designers, architects, craftspeople, or anyone interested in the decorative arts.

Author Biography: Welsh-born architect, designer, and teacher Owen Jones (1808-1874) traveled extensively in Europe and Asia collecting the designs found in The Grammar of Ornament, which he published in an effort to counter the fussy, "mongrelized" decoration of the Victorian Era. Jones's essay Manifesto of Design (included in the DK edition of The Grammar of Ornament) helped spark the Arts & Crafts movement in Europe and America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781152926592
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Owen Jones was an architect and designer who taught at the South Kensington School of Design, London, during the 1850s and served as joint architect of the Great Exhibition of 1851. The following year he was appointed Director of Decorations for the new Crystal Palace exhibition in Sydenham, south London. The Grammar of Ornament, his legacy to designers, quickly acquired the status of a classic. He died in 1874. Iain Zaczek, who has contributed the commentaries, is an art historian who graduated from Wadham College, Oxford University, and the Courtauld Institute, London. He has written on a wide variety of topics, but his special interest is in nineteenth-century art. He is the author of The Essential William Morris, The Essential Art Deco, and The Art of Illuminated Manuscripts.

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