An Anthology of the Arts And Crafts Movement: Writings by Ashbee, Lethaby, Gimson And Their Contemporaries

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The Arts and Crafts Movement began in England in the 1880s, flourished in Britain and elsewhere until the First World War, and has had an enduring impact worldwide on design and craft practice. This book is the first to chart the development of the Movement through a range of writings, most of which are long out of print or unpublished. The anthology includes contributions from many of the key practitioners of the Movement as well as from commentators in newspapers and journals. It provides both an introduction to the ideas behind the Arts and Crafts Movement in England in its own words and a vivid picture of the people and events which shaped the Movement.

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Mary Greensted is Arts and Visitor Services Manager and Decorative Arts Curator at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, UK. She is joint author/editor of three volumes published on Cheltenham Art Gallery's Arts and Crafts collections: Good Citizen's Furniture (with Annette Carruthers, 1994), Simplicity or Splendour (with Annette Carruthers, 1999) and Originality and Initiative (with Sophia Wilson, 2003). She has contributed a chapter on the Arts and Crafts Movement in Rural England to the publication accompanying the Victoria and Albert Museum's exhibition International Arts and Crafts in 2005.

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'Greenstead has shifted through this literature and selected some of the most interesting examples, many being sourced from obscure or previously unpublished resources.' ARLIS news sheet, Nov/Dec 2005 'A very useful introduction for schools and colleges.' State of Art, Nov 2005 '...a useful and timely publication.' Journal of William Morris Studies, Summer and Winter 05

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