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Owen Jones Initial Letters "J" (Alphabet) 1864

Documentation Ample Provenance
Period 19th Century
Materials Lithograph
W. 21.75 in; H. 25.75 in;
W. 55.25 cm; H. 65.41 cm;
Condition Excellent. Clean, crisp image. Beautiful original colors. Framed to museum specifications using archival matting, backing, and hinging. Marbled papers. Glazed with ultra-violet filtering Plexiglas.
Creation Date 1864
Description ONE THOUSAND AND ONE INITIAL LETTERS Owen Jones (1806-1889) Day & Sons London, 1864 Chromolithographs One Thousand and One Initial Letters playfully describes an artistic endeavor by Owen Jones. Teaching Applied Arts at the South Kensington School of Design, Jones honed his skills at transforming historical design into contemporary brilliance. Never imitating or duplicating, he remained true to the times and the materials available. Like his fellow artists, architects, painters and poets, he was on the cusp of change. In Jones’ lifetime a new aesthetic would develop. By the centuries’ end it would become an era with a heighten sense of nature coupled with design. The phrase ‘Art Nouveau’ would describe more that just art; it would become a style pervasive in everyday life from clothes to furnishings. Jones found much inspiration in both Asian and Hispanic design. While still in his 20’s he traveled through both Spain and the Orient and found great stylistic influence their art, architecture and music. A Pre-Raphaelite, Jones was made Superintendent of Works for the Great Exhibition of 1851. He produced a unique style of decoration for the Crystal Palace. Not bad for a fellow in his 40’s. By the mid-1800’s, gentlemen such as William Morris were practicing what they believed and the world of design was again thrown into flux. The result was known, as the Arts and Crafts Movement. Jones was right there to welcome it. In keeping with his academic background, Jones created an encyclopedic reference book containing his interpretation of the alphabet. Each letter would be drawn in many variations of both upper and lower case, and highlighted with gold. Whether designing the family crest, personalizing luggage or letterhead, One Thousand and One Initial Letters would provide the ‘right’ look for the discerning individual.

Movement & Style
Styles / Movements Traditional
Dealer Reference Number 2015 07-01-15
Incollect Reference Number 396053
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