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Owen Jones and the V&A
Owen Jones and the V&A

Owen Jones and the V&A

Ornament for a Modern Age

V&A 19th-Century Series


160 Pages, 9 x 10.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $69.99 (US $69.99) (CA $93.99)

Publication Date: September 2023

ISBN 9781848226012

Rights: US & CA

Lund Humphries (Sep 2023)

Price: $69.99


Owen Jones (1809–1874), a prolific architect, designer, illustrator and printer, was recognised during his lifetime as one of the most influential contemporary figures in art and design theory. This insightful book, the latest in the V&A Nineteenth-Century Series, explores his relationship with the South Kensington Museum (later the Victoria and Albert Museum), from its inauguration in the 1850s through to his death in 1874. With particular focus on the creation of his celebrated volume The Grammar of Ornament (1856), his decorative scheme for the museum’s so-called ‘Oriental Court’ and the preparation of his lesser-known publication Examples of Chinese Ornament (1867), it offers a fascinating exploration of the identity of the early museum and its imperial context.

Author Biography

Olivia Horsfall Turner is Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she looks after the collection of design drawings which document the creative process in art, architecture and design from the fourteenth century to the present day. She also writes, lectures and broadcasts about architecture, history and ideas.