Unit VI: British Design and Decorative Art in the Nineteenth Century


Venue: The London Beach Hotel, Tenterden, Kent (website)

Time: Tuesday evenings, 3.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m., including a short break for refreshments

Later nineteeth-century British painting often appeared both more conservative and more eccentric than the ‘new art’ being developed in France at the time. However, in the sphere of design and applied art, British architects, artists and critics were the revolutionary innovators whose ideas, taken up and further developed in the twentieth century, would shape the modern world and would identify a new profession; the designer.


Highly conscious of their responsibility to direct the huge potential of British industry to socially responsible ends, figures such as Augustus Pugin, Isambard Brunel, William Morris, Christopher Dresser and Charles Voysey all attempted to find ways to make the new world of ‘things’ created by industrial manufacture into a force for good.


15/04/2014Intoduction: The History of Design
22/04/2014The Great Exhibition of 1851
29/04/2014Design Reform - The Royal Society of Arts and South Kensington
06/05/2014NO LECTURE
20/05/2014High Victorian Gothic
27/05/2014William Morris
03/06/2014Aestheticism and the 'House Beautiful'
10/06/2014The Arts and Crafts Movement
17/06/2014Art Nouveau in England
25/06/2014Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the 'Glasgow Four'