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ENRICHING THE V&A: A COLLECTION OF COLLECTIONS (1862–1914)

Monday 17 June 2024

Told in six parts, the story begins with the Museum, how it defined its mission and how to achieve it. The first important gift, from John Sheepshanks in 1857, was a collection of paintings...

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THE MATERIAL LANDSCAPES OF SCOTLAND’S JEWELLERY CRAFT, 1780–1914

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Written by the curator of Scottish history collections at National Museums Scotland, this book is a highly original account full of new information from contemporary letters, newspapers, novels...

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THE ART OF WALLPAPER AT THE WILLIAM MORRIS SOCIETY

Friday 19 April 2024

An exhibition at The William Morris Society in Hammersmith explores the visually rich art of wallpaper. A range of beautiful wallpapers on loan from Sanderson's Design Group’s archive portrays...

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PRE-RAPHAELITES: MODERN RENAISSANCE IN FORLI

Saturday 06 April 2024

A major exhibition of over 350 works is currently at San Domenico Museum in Forli, Italy. Italian masters from Cimabue to Veronese are presented in dialogue with the British Pre-Raphaelites who...

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BERNAT KLEIN

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Serbian-born designer and painter Bernat Klein (1922–2014) emigrated to the UK in the late 1940s and studied at the University of Leeds before developing an international career from his base in...

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LUCIE RIE: THE ADVENTURE OF POTTERY

Monday 12 February 2024

A black and white photograph by Lord Snowdon of the artist’s gnarled hands covered in wet clay opens this volume. This sparse yet intimate portrait sets the tone for what we learn about Lucie...

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THE FIRST METAL: ARTS & CRAFTS COPPER

Monday 22 January 2024

This book accompanied a major 2023 exhibition of Arts & Crafts copperwork at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon. Organized by guest curator Marilyn Archer, it was probably the...

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ASHMOLEAN COLOUR REVOLUTION SHOWCASES VICTORIAN ART, FASHION AND DESIGN

Monday 04 December 2023

A show which aims to dispel our monochrome idea of Victorian Britain is at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. As Britain’s industrial revolution gained pace, new scientific breakthroughs allowed the...

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OWEN JONES AND THE V&A: ORNAMENT FOR A MODERN AGE

Friday 03 November 2023

Owen Jones (1809–74) was a Victorian polymath, architect, designer, publisher, decorative artist, critic and theorist, whose influence through The Grammar of Ornament (1856) continues to this...

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STUDIO CERAMICS: BRITISH STUDIO POTTERY 1900 TO NOW

Thursday 19 October 2023

The updated catalogue of the V&A’s collection of studio ceramics is well worth the wait. It is a weighty tome and the companion to Oliver Watson’s much admired 1990s catalogue. Alun Graves has...

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