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'Egyptian, No. 4', from 'The Grammar of Ornament', Plate VII
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: CGSG03045
'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, one of the earliest forms of colour printing invented in the 1830s, which is formed by passing the print though the press multiple times, one for each colour. Jones wrote the book with the aim of educating and instructing the taste of the British public through pattern, colour and design. John Ruskin tried to do much the same thing in some of his books, however they had different ideas of what should be considered ‘good design’ or ‘good taste’. This particular print highlights the difference between this 'eastern' (in Ruskin's words, 'primitive') style much admired by Jones and the usual Gothic styles promoted by Ruskin.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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