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The Arts and Crafts Movement was as much to do with lifestyle as it was architectural style. But Arts and Crafts designers found it hard to realise their high ideals. William Morris gave it up because, as he told Philip Webb, he could only achieve it at second hand – through the sophisticated procurement system of Victorian contracting. The Wandering Architects succeeded where Morris failed, training as craftsmen as well as architects. Their involvement on site limited their output, so the work of Alfred Powell, Randall Wells and Detmar Blow is less well known than other famous names less representative of the true spirit of the Arts and Crafts movement.
There were others too and Michael Drury explores their lives and their buildings in his recently revised book Wandering Architects. A practicing architect, based in Salisbury and specialising in historic building work, Michael was Cathedral Architect at Salisbury Cathedral for over 20 years. He completed the Anglican Cathedral in Portsmouth in 1991 and looks after John Bentley’s Westminster Cathedral and other historic buildings.
Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (1868-1937), ‘the most artistically gifted of the German monarchs’, embraced the Arts and Crafts in order to achieve cultural and economic reform. He hoped the seven artists and designers he summoned to create the Darmstädter Kunstlerkolonie, including Joseph Olbrich and Peter Behrens, would revive the fortunes of local industries. He also recognised the potential of an alliance of the Arts and Crafts to forge a distinct identity for his principality: he wanted Hesse-Darmstadt to be a beacon of Modernity. By supporting the leading German/ Austrian architects and designers, Ernst Ludwig ensured Jugendstil developed into a pan-German phenomenon.
Anne Anderson is currently Associate Professor at Exeter University, a tutor at the V&A and NADFAS lecturer. Her specialist knowledge is the Aesthetic Movement, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism. Previously, she taught on the Fine Arts Valuation degree at Southampton Solent University.
Between Wood’s first appearance in the British architectural press in 1888 and the creation of his final British building Royd House, Hale in 1914-16, he blazed an extraordinarily progressive trail through the age of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Humble beginnings, based in Middleton and Oldham, evolved to the establishment of a practice in Manchester by the early 1890s. Wood formed the Northern Art Workers Guild in 1896 alongside fellow Middletonians FW Jackson and James Smithies. From 1905 onwards, he was in a fascinating ‘partnership in style’ with fellow Lancastrian architect J.Henry Sellers. In his wake, Wood left well-published experimental works that should be ranked amongst those of the time of international significance.
Nick Baker, Archivist and Curator with the Edgar Wood Society, studied History / History of Art at the University of Nottingham, and started in the Museums sector with Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery in 2012. At the same time, having built up a considerable archive relating to Edgar Wood’s work, he based his MA thesis on the ‘museological’ potential of Arts and Crafts buildings and townscapes – most specifically in Middleton. Beyond local concerns, Nick is a passionate advocate for improved promotion of Arts and Crafts Heritage on a national level.
Wednesday 23rd May 2018
The Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey is planning to visit two houses built by Edwin Lutyens for the banker, Guillaume Mallet. Le Bois des Moutiers, the house extended by Lutyens at the age of 29, was last visited by the Society in 1999. Built in 1898, it is still lived in by the family who have restored it, following its occupation by the Germans during the war.
‘In this design, whether deriving from Paris or Glasgow, occurs one of the rare instances in his work of the influence of nouveau art modernism’ (Christopher Hussey, The Lutyens Memorial Volumes.)
Lutyens retained the original nineteenth century Normandy villa. His alterations, including a new music room panelled in oak with a minstrel’s gallery, show his remarkable originality. The fabrics and furniture for the house were designed by William Morris and supplied by Liberty. The lovely garden, inspired by Gertrude Jekyll, surrounds the house in its setting on the cliffs above Dieppe. Our visit in May should be at the peak time for the azaleas and rhododendrons for which the garden is renowned.
We will visit Le Bois des Moutiers on the afternoon of 23rd May. We will have a guided tour of the house with the owners. This will be followed by a self-guided tour of the 3 hectare garden and 9 hectare park which slopes down to the sea.
In the morning, we will visit Les Communes, a private house opened to us with the kind permission of the owners. ‘Apparently Sir Edwin had said to Monsieur Mallet ‘I have a dream house in my head’. Monsieur Mallet replied ‘I have the money and the site. Go ahead’ (Charles Lutyens 1998). Les Communes was the outcome; built in 1909.
Situated seven and a half miles from Dieppe, members will need to make their own transport and hotel arrangements. There are three daily ferry departures from Newhaven to Dieppe. If the timings are not suitable, the drive down from Calais is about two and a half hours. We anticipate that many members will make this visit part of a longer trip as there are many interesting places to visit in the area. These include windows by Braque at the church of St Valery at Varengeville-sur-Mer and the chapel of St Dominique at Saint Valery-en-Caux. The gardens at nearby Vasterival, planted in 1957 by Princess Sturdza, contain more than 10,000 species. The Castle Museum in Dieppe has a very large collection of paintings by Walter Sickert.
Tickets: Members - £40, Non-Members - £44. Included in the
ticket price: entry fees and study notes. Numbers are limited to 25 places
and priority will be given to members.
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