The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain

The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain Cover

The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain

By Mary Greensted

Shire Publications, Paperback, 9780747807827, 128pp.

Publication Date: November 23, 2010


Mary Greensted tells the story of the birth and development of the Arts and Craft movement in Britain with the help of numerous illustrations showing the buildings, furniture, metalwork, and the people who influenced it. The movement was concerned with the revival of traditional crafts, and a return to the vernacular, and it had socialist ideals at its heart. This movement, which flourished in the early twentieth century, has not only bequeathed us with a wealth of fine objects and buildings, but also a way of thinking about life and craft that continues to influence many today.

Contains information on dozens of designers, artists, architects and thinkers, including:
William Morris
CFA Voysey
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
AH Mackmurdo
CR Ashbee
Ernest Gimson.

About the Author
Mary Greensted is Arts and Visitor Services Manager and Decorative Arts Curator at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, UK. She is joint author/editor of three volumes published on Cheltenham Art Gallery's Arts and Crafts collections: Good Citizen's Furniture (with Annette Carruthers, 1994), Simplicity or Splendour (with Annette Carruthers, 1999) and Originality and Initiative (with Sophia Wilson, 2003). She has contributed a chapter on the Arts and Crafts Movement in Rural England to the publication accompanying the Victoria and Albert Museum's exhibition International Arts and Crafts in 2005.