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The Bases Of Design, 1909

This is a The Bases of Design. It was written by Walter Crane and published by G. Bell and Sons.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives as part of Botanical Expressions.

It is dated 1909. Its medium is lithograph on paper. It is a part of the department.

In the introduction of his treatise The Bases of Design, Crane characterizes design as a "living tree" with "vital veins and nerves … springing from connected and collective roots." This analogy is represented in the cover image, in which the tree of design grows from root-words including, "symbolic," "architectural," "graphic," and "collective." Crane advises readers that, "it is most important to keep in mind the real fundamental connection and essential unity of art."

It is credited Smithsonian Libraries, NK1510 .C89.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 19.7 × 13.7 cm (7 3/4 × 5 3/8 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Expressions.

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