The Grammar Of Ornament OWEN JONES Hardcover 1982 (9788)

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New York: Van Nostrand, (1982).

Folio. Orig. cloth. Gilt. Dust jacket. (iv, 178pp.). With 100 col. Plates and numerous black and white illustration.

Owen Jones (1809 – 1874) was trained as an architect, and became one of the most influential authorities on design practice and training in nineteenth century Britain.

He pioneered a new style of design publication, using the then state-of-the art technique of chromolithography to produce lavish full-colour printed plates at a workshop he set up himself. His first publication using this technique was Plans, Elevations, Sections and Details of the Alhambra in two volumes, 1841 and 1845, written in collaboration with architect Jules Goury.

This was based on extensive studies he had made during his grand tour of Europe and the Middle East between 1831 and 1834, which also informed much of his theory propounded in Grammar of Ornament.