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An Enquiry into Industrial Art in England

An Enquiry into Industrial Art in England

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521170659

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  • Originally published in 1937, this book was created to provide a survey of the conditions and artistic value of design in British industries. Through interviews with manufacturers, managers of department stores and shops, principals and teachers of art schools, commercial designers, artists, and architects, principally in the Midlands area, a composite portrait is developed. This portrait emphasises the interaction of seemingly disparate elements in the production of quality design, and shows the complexity of the process whilst remaining concise and accessible. The text is also well presented, containing a large number of illustrative examples. This is a fascinating volume that will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of British design.

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521170659
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Part I. Data:
    1. Survey of trades investigated
    2. Metalwork
    3. Electric and gas fittings
    4. Furniture
    5. Textiles 1: furnishings (and dress) materials
    6. Textiles 2: carpets
    7. Wallpapers
    8. Pottery
    9. Glass
    10. Silver and electro-plate
    11. Hollow-ware
    12. Plastic mouldings
    13. Wireless cabinets
    14. Jewellery
    15. Leather goods
    16. Packaging
    17. Printing
    18. Motor-cars
    19. Art schools visited
    20. The British Institute of Industrial Art
    21. The Industrial Art Committee of the Federation of British Industries
    22. The Gorell Committee
    23. The Pick Council
    24. The Design and Industries Association
    25. The Society of Industrial Artists
    26. The Royal Society of Arts
    27. The Royal Academy and the Exhibition of British Art in Industry at Burlington House
    28. Other exhibitions
    29. Periodicals and books
    Part II. Conclusion:
    30. Ration between good and bad in England and abroad
    31. Sequence of trades according to artistic quality of products
    32. Reasons for differences of artistic quality
    33. Size of manufacturing unit
    34. Organization of manufacturing unit
    35. Old and new industries
    36. Objects for use and objects for adornment
    37. Hand-made and machine-made articles
    38. Boom and slump
    39. The creator of designs
    40. The aesthetic value of cheap and expensive articles
    41. The taste of the public
    42. The social problem
    43. Suggestions for improvement
    (i) art education
    (ii) exhibitions - prices - registration of design
    (iii) Other public institutions - private institutions - publications
    44. The duties of the consumer
    45. The duties of the manufacturer and the retailer
    Addenda.

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    Nikolaus Pevsner

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