One of the finest Arts and Craft buildings in Britain is hosting an exhibition of stamped book cover designs from the Arts and Crafts period. Blackwells is a true Arts and Crafts house designed by architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott (1865 – 1945) and completed in 1900.
From Rossetti to Voysey: Arts & Crafts Stamped Cloth Book Cover Design
10 May – 15 July 2012 to be held at Blackwells, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JT
The exhibition brings together books with case-bound cloth covers by well known artists and designers, published between 1866 and 1911 and issued by commercial publishers. The featured designers read like a roll-call of the leading names of the day, including: DG Rossetti, CFA Voysey, William Morris, Philip Webb, Charles Ricketts, Walter Crane, Laurence Housman and Gleeson White.The exhibition will illuminate relationships between designers, writers and publishers.
Arts And Crafts Movement
The covers have been selected on the grounds of their style and for the proximity of their designers to the core of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Most of those included had work shown at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society; four of the designers were Masters of the Art Workers Guild.