Two portfolio volumes. (1)ff., + 15 plates; (1)ff., + 16 plates. The 1905 portfolio contains a calligraphic title page by Graily Hewitt, reproduced lithographically, and fifteen original lithographs by various artists, including Joseph Pennell and T.R. Way, who printed all the plates and was instrumental in bringing lithography to the Art Workers' Guild. On its own, this portfolio is rare, with only three known copies held in institutions. The second portfolio contains an unrecorded calligraphic title page by Eric Gill and is an example of his very earliest lettering, preceded only by his work for Insel Verlag in 1905. In this example, Gill shows his engraver's hand in the arrangement of straight capitals for the five-line title and the names of the Guild artists whose work is showcased here. The portfolio is unique, with two additional lithographs by A. Vigers not called for in the contents list, along with the original pencil sketches for all three of Vigers's contributions. Allan Francis Vigers joined the Art Workers Guild in 1903 and was best known for his floral wallpaper and textile designs. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Arts and Crafts Exhibition of 1910 and produced designs for Liberty & Co. This is likely Vigers's copy of the portfolio, as it is lettered with his monogram in ink on the front cover. The 1907 portfolio, like its earlier counterpart, is also rare and is reportedly held by only two institutions. Founded by a group of architects in 1884, the Art Workers' Guild was founded in accordance with the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement and sought to unify fine and applied arts. Both Gill and Hewitt joined the Guild around 1904. Light marginal foxing to a few plates, and verso of last plate of 1907 portfolio foxed all over; else a fine set, housed in cloth cases made by Douglas Cockerell, the 1905 case in brown and the 1907 case in brick red with a small lithograph by T.R. Way pasted to the upper cover. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Sketches Made on the Lithography Night, 14 ...
Publisher: Art Workers' Guild
Publication Date: 1907
Illustrator: Gill, Eric
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