While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.
Indian Designs OG54 $115
approximately 9 inches wide by 13 1/4 inches long
The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones
(1809-74), is a seminal work in the history of
decorative art. It could be considered one of the first
multicultural design collections, incorporating concepts
from many countries and centuries. It was definitely
an important precursor to our global economy, with
textiles and paper now produced all over the world.
Many of the designs first presented in The Grammar
are more familiar to us than the original subscribers, a
tribute not only to its tremendous influence but the
globalization of trade. It was both the revolutionary
presentation of world wide decorative arts at a time
when very few saw beyond their own borders & a synthesis
of design up to the Victorian era.
Owen Jones, the son of a prosperous Welsh family, was
educated at Charterhouse and then at the Royal Academy.
In his youth he traveled extensively in the Middle East,
Mediterranean & Moorish Spain, documenting his
observations in Plans, Elevations, Sections and
Details of the Alhambra in 1842. One of his great
triumphs was as Superintendent of the Great Exhibition
in 1851. During the subsequent relocation of the Crystal
Palace to Sydenham in 1854, he designed the superbly
stylish Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Alhambra Courts.
In 1856 he published, with Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt,
his definitive Grammar of Ornament, which became
a great success and one of the most influential design
works of the next 50 years, inspiring William Morris &
the Arts & Crafts Movement. Jonesí goal was to provide
scientific accuracy and detailed records of colors and
patterns, rather than artistic interpretations. Since no
London printer could meet his exacting requirements, he
set up his own printing presses to produce the 110
These stunning images transcend the centuries and
cultural identities, producing a cohesive and definitive
work that continues to serve as a relevant reference and
inspirational source for designers to this very day.
His theories concerning
architecture & decorative art can be found at the
He was a man of diverse talents,
producing the colour printed illuminated gift books
popular with Victorians. His 173 playing card designs
for Thomas de la Rue, the card company, produced over a
period of 20 years, delighted such luminaries as Charles
Dickens. He was prolific in his output, producing
wallpaper & textile patterns for exclusive companies &
award winning interior design for many wealthy clients.
Among the many beautiful books he also published is one
of our personal favourites, One Thousand
and One Initial Letters (1864)
These prints are in very
good condition, with a very occasional fox mark, on
thick, high quality paper, measuring approximately 9
inches wide by 13 1/4 inches long. The colours are
quite brilliant, including gilt and silver illumination
on some. A copy of the decorative title page
accompanies each print.
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