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Book, Illustrations of Design: Based on Notes of Line as Used by the Craftsmen of India, 1912

This is a Book. It was designed by Lockwood de Forest and published by Ginn and Company. It is dated 1912 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is cloth covered cardboard and printed on coated paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This book is featured in Cooper Hewitt's 2014 exhibition, Passion for the Exotic, Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church. The publication was written by Lockwood de Forest during the years of his retirement from decorating, after moving permanently to Santa Barbara, California. As, he says in the preface, he wrote the book for design teachers so they could deseminate the principles of Indian design to students to help them generate pattern through using certain design principles that he learned during his travels through India. A number of the stencil prints in the book recall the patterns on the walls and woodwork in Cooper Hewitt's Teak Room, just as the photographs of Indian carved wood designs in the book are similar to the pattern of the sandstone jali also in the exhibition.

It is credited Gift of Taves Family Collection.

This object has not been digitized yet.
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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 27.3 × 22.2 × 2.9 cm (10 3/4 × 8 3/4 × 1 1/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Book, Illustrations of Design: Based on Notes of Line as Used by the Craftsmen of India, 1912; Designed by Lockwood de Forest (American, 1850–1932); cloth covered cardboard and printed on coated paper; H x W x D: 27.3 × 22.2 × 2.9 cm (10 3/4 × 8 3/4 × 1 1/8 in.); Gift of Taves Family Collection; 2015-8-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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