Ernest Gimson Arts & Crafts Designer and Architect Annette Carruthers, Mary Greensted, Barley Roscoe

Publication date:
08 Oct 2019
Yale University Press
372 pages: 267 x 216mm
320 color + b-w illus.
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An authoritative and insightful study, surveying the life and work of “the greatest of the English artist-craftsmen”

This study of the renowned designer-maker Ernest Gimson (1864–1919) combines biography with analysis of his work as an architect and designer of furniture, metalwork, plaster decoration, embroidery, and more. It also examines Gimson’s significance within the Arts and Crafts Movement, tracing the full arc of his creative career, ideas, and legacy. Gimson worked in London in the 1880s, joining the circle around William Morris at the Art Workers’ Guild and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. He later moved to the Cotswolds, where he opened workshops and established a reputation for distinctive style and superb quality. Gimson’s work influences designers today and speaks directly to ongoing debates about the role of craft in the modern world; this book will be the standard reference for years to come.

Annette Carruthers worked as a curator with the Gimson collections at Leicestershire and Cheltenham Museums. Mary Greensted has been curator and deputy director at Cheltenham Museum. Barley Roscoe is a freelance curator and writer and formerly director of the Holburne Museum and Crafts Study Centre in Bath.

“. . . explores how [Gimson] adapted his observations of nature into buildings and objects. . . . The book is lavishly illustrated with photos of surviving works alongside Mr. Gimson’s sketches.”—Eve Kahn, New York Times

“[An] insightful survey of the life and work of Arts-and-Crafts designer Ernest Gimson”—Clive Aslet, Country Life

“In their impeccably researched and engaging new biography, Annette Carruthers, Mary Greensted and Barley Roscoe explore in depth Gimson's place at the heart of the handcraft movement that emerged in Britain thanks to the impetus of William Morris and flourished until the First World War”—Roisin Inglesby, Apollo Magazine

“Outstanding”—Ancient Monuments Society

“Building on its predecessors, Ernest Gimson is now the standard account of his life and achievements, fully worthy of his 2019 centenary.”— Simon Swynfen Jervis, Furniture History Society Newsletter