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Designing the V&A: The Museum as a Work of Art (1857-1909): 2017

Designing the V&A: The Museum as a Work of Art (1857-1909): 2017 (Hardback)

By Bryant, Julius

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The building of the Victoria and Albert Museum, begun in 1857, is the most elaborately designed and decorated museum in Britain. This book is the first to consider the V&A as a work of art in itself, presenting drawings, watercolours and historic photographs relating to the Museu...m's 19th-century interiors. Much of this visual material is previously unpublished and is outside the canon of Victorian art and design. The V&A's first Director, Henry Cole, conceived the Museum's building as a showcase for leading Victorian artists to design and decorate. This book reveals for the first time the ways in which Cole's expressed policy to 'assemble a splendid collection of objects representing the application of Fine Arts to manufacture' was applied to the fabric of the building, as he engaged leading painters such as Frederic Leighton , G.F. Watts and Edward Burne-Jones, as well as specialists in decoration such as Owen Jones and Morris and Company, to decorate and design for a building raised by engineers using innovatory materials and techniques. It represents a fascinating, untold chapter in the history of British 19th-century art, design, architecture and museums, and an essential backdrop to understanding the evolution of the Museum's early collections and identity.
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ISBN 9781848222335
Released AU 15 May 2017
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Hardback
Availability
8 In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays

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ISBN-13 9781848222335
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Imprint Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
Released 15 May 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Bryant, Julius
Category Theory Of Art
History Of Art & Design Styles: C 1800 To C 1900
Public Buildings: Civic, Commercial, Industrial, Etc
Museums & Museology
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 228mm
Height: 270mm
Dewey Code 708.2134
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade

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