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'Byzantine, No. 1', from 'The Grammar of Ornament', Plate XXVIII
Date Made/Found: 1856
Artist: after Owen Jones , British, 1809 - 1874
Printmaker: Francis Bedford , British, 1816 - 1894
Printmaker: Day & Son Ltd
Publisher: Day & Son Ltd
Material and Medium: chromolithograph on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 597 x 420mm Support: 550 x 380mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG03053
'The Grammar of Ornament' is the book of patterns published in 1856. In it, Jones depicts details and designs that he found throughout travels in Europe and Egypt. It includes examples of manuscript illumination, ancient wall painting and architectural and interior design. Each is boldly produced in chromolithography, a newfound form of colour printing invented in the 1830s. Jones wrote the book with the aim of educating and instructing the taste of the British public through pattern, colour and design. This particular print highlights the intricate Byzantine designs that could be found in Eastern Europe, Italy and Asia in the period around 500AD to 1100. At a time when early eastern designs were thought by many to be too abstract or unrefined to be in ‘good taste’, Jones tried to show that these abstract ways of depicting nature in pattern proved how sophisticated and refined these cultures were.
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