In 1856 the architect Owen Jones published a seminal book he called the “Grammar of Ornament”. We have a copy of this comprehensive and lavishly produced first edition in the Rare Books collection of the Architecture Library.
I propose to run a Vertical Studio which will take as its focus this book considered a masterpiece of Victorian colour printing to examine the disputed notion of ornament and its relationship to architecture. Owen Jones cared deeply about the quality of design as much as he desired to communicate and educate the British public about his concerns. He did both in commissioned buildings and in his numerous publications of which “this bible” of ornament remains his best known contribution to visual culture.