Christopher Dresser’s Studies in Design


The previous post about Christopher Dresser’s design studies proved popular so here’s another discovery from the same source. A surprise this time was seeing the middle motif on the page above; I have this separated from its neighbours in a collection of Art Nouveau graphics, and used it on the slipcase of a Cradle of Filth CD in 2002. Studies in Design (1876) is a collection of colour plates of Dresser’s design work. Some of these emulate medieval or Arabian/Persian decoration but the most interesting examples for me are Dresser’s more personal pieces. Once you’ve seen a few of these his style is easy to recognise. Thanks to some searching by Mr TjZ I now know that a number of collections of Dresser’s designs are available from (who else?) Dover Publications. More for the shopping list.












Previously on { feuilleton }
Christopher Dresser’s Art of Decorative Design
Kunstgewerbliche Schmuckformen für die Fläche
Album de la décoration
The Grammar of Ornament revisited
Dekorative Vorbilder
Combinaisons Ornementales
Charles J Strong’s Book of Designs
Styles of Ornament
The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones

One thought on “Christopher Dresser’s Studies in Design”

  1. [Dani] Filth & Jones tagged together–sheer beauty.
    Readers–check out John’s link to the book itself–Plate II is this…owl & progeny prefiguring Louis Wain. Dresser is as–as one book is titled–“The Shock of The Old” manifest.

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