Arts and Crafts objects

By Imogen Hart

Arts and Crafts objects

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7972-6
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: April 2010
  • BIC Category: History of art, ART / History / Contemporary (1945-), Society & social sciences / Material culture, Art History, Material culture
  • Series: Studies in Design and Material Culture


In this groundbreaking reassessment of the conventional understanding of a cohesive 'Arts and Crafts movement' in Britain, Imogen Hart argues that a sophisticated mode of looking at decorative art developed in England during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Bringing to light a significant number of little-known visual and textual sources, Arts and Crafts Objects insists that the history of British design between the 1830s and the 1910s is more complex and interwoven than concepts of clearly differentiated 'movements' allow for.

Reinvesting the objects with the original importance ascribed to them by their makers and users, this book places furniture, metalwork, tiles, vases, chintzes, carpets, and wallpaper at the centre of a rigorous reassessment of the concept of 'Arts and Crafts'.
The book offers radical new interpretations of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society and the homes of William Morris, alongside illuminating analyses of less familiar but equally rich contexts.


In Hart's insightful study, with its microscopic, considered analysis of the aims and design of Morris and Crane, she provides us with a 'modus operandi' with which to reconsider the field of British craft.

provides a thought-provoking commentary on the development of design in the second half of the nineteenth century.


Imogen Hart is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Center for British Art


List of plates
List of figures
List of abbreviations
1. Arts and Crafts precursors
2. The homes of William Morris
3. Objects at Morris & Co.
4. The Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society
5. The Arts and Crafts Museum at the Manchester School of Art
Select bibliography

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