“Against Vulgarity”: Exploring the Arts and Crafts Movement
This study day comprises three talks exploring the Arts and Crafts movement which emerged in Britain in the last decades of the 19thcentury. In a reaction to the excessively ornate mainstream style of the Victorian era – described by art historian Nicholas Pevsner as “vulgarity in detail” – it promoted traditional craftsmanship, using simple forms, often medieval and romantic. Proponents were also strong advocates of economic and social reform, bemoaning the rise of the industrial age. These talks aim to explore the origins and influences of the movement in relation to other key figures and movements, and include, where possible, links to St Albans.
1. The Pre-Raphaelites and their artistic and social influence on the Arts and Crafts Movement (Tim Boatswain)
2. The Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris (Geraint John)
3. Reflections of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the work of Charles Rennie Macintosh (Chris McIntyre)
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This Study Day is kindly supported by St Albans Cathedral.