BLACKWELL has opened its elegant doors to another show of artistic importance.
From Rossetti to Voysey: Arts and Crafts Stamped Book Cover Design brings together more than 90 books with case-bound cloth covers by artists and designers, their names reading like a roll-call of the leading artists and designers of the day - Philip Webb, DG Rossetti, William Morris, Charles Ricketts, Walter Crane, Lewis F Day, Selwyn Image, Laurence Housman, James Guthrie, Gleeson White, Robert Anning Bell, Lucy Faulkner.
Published between 1866 and 1911 and issued by commercial publishers the books all come from the collection of Malcolm Haslam, whose co-curator of the exhibition with Kathy Haslam, Blackwell's curator.
Malcolm and Kathy have made their selection based on the grounds of the covers style and for the proximity of their designers to the core of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Every artist included had work shown at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society.
The exhibition - which runs at the Bowness Arts and Crafts house until July 15 - and accompanying catalogue, with an introduction by Charlotte Gere and text by Malcolm, will illuminate relationships between designers, writers and publishers, highlighting and describing the literary and artistic fellowship of a small select group, who grew up around publishers such as FS Ellis, John Lane and George Bell.
Malcolm developed a passion for the Arts and Crafts movement as a student at the Courtauld Institute. He wrote his MA thesis on the artistic theory of A H Mackmurdo and began collecting art pottery. After a year or two teaching art history in Birmingham, he became assistant editor of the part-work 'Discovering Antiques', which launched a career writing books and articles on the decorative arts. Charlotte is an established authority on 19th Century design with many publications to her name.
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