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William Morris Hardcover – September 1, 1996


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The multifaceted achievement of English Victorian designer William Morris (1834-1896) is scrutinized in this ravishing catalogue of a centenary exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Parry, a curator at the museum, opens with a useful biographical sketch. Next, Morris biographer Fiona MacCarthy explores how the Arts and Crafts pioneer's belief in visual harmony as a basic human function informed his work in embroidery, furniture, domestic decoration, stained glass, painting, wallpapers, engravings, illumination and calligraphy, tapestry, textiles?areas discussed in greater depth in subsequent essays by British and American design historians and curators. Other selections succinctly examine Morris's activities as writer of stories, poems and prose romances, socialist proselytizer, shrewd businessman, conservationist. The closing section presents three contrasting views of Morris: an overrated inspired amateur; an eclectic humanist, forerunner of postmodernism; a pioneer who ironically inspired both left-wing internationalists and ethnic nationalists seeking a vernacular. Featuring 394 color and 161 black-and-white illustrations, this album will thrill Morris devotees. BOMC selection.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1st edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810942828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810942820
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I saw a copy of this book at the V&A museum store in London and did not buy it then because I thought it was too expensive. I had to wait 6 months to find one used for sale and was thrilled to get it, even though it was about the same price as the new one I passed up. I am overjoyed with this book, which is the best, most complete visualization of the beautiful and varied works of a gifted professional artist. The repeating wallpaper images are wonderful. Loved the biography part as well. You need a copy of this one, even if you have thinner offerings of his works.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aravlyn1 on August 31, 2011
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Lots to read and some very interesting photos. Very good book to pick up and read in sections. Ideal first book if interested in the life of William Morris.
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By HAL on January 21, 2015
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The most thorough reading of Morris' art, beautifully realized.
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