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Studies In Design, Book, 1876

This is a Studies in Design. It is dated 1876. Its medium is lithograph on paper.

Studies in Design aimed to “help the decorator” and the “manufacturer of decorated objects” judge the “merit of ornament around them.” Dresser promoted the practice of drawing to understand the symbolism of ornament and its visual impact. The text encourages students to undertake in-person study of flowers, including the lotus, a form that Dresser advises could “give knowledge of historic ornament.” Dresser also pointed students toward the water-tanks at Kew Gardens and Crystal Palace, Syndenham for observation

It is credited Smithsonian Libraries, NK1535 .D77 1876.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Clutha Vase, ca. 1890
  • mold-blown glass.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 2012-7-1

Its dimensions are

H x W (open book): 26.2 × 40 cm (10 5/16 × 15 3/4 in.)

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