By: Owen Jones
Date: 1856 (published) London
Dimensions: 20 x 12 inches (51 x 30.5 cm)
First Edition chromolithograph print from Owen Jones’ Grammar of Ornament depicting Leaves and Nature as styles of ornamentation in architecture and design. Published in 1856 by Day & Son.
This print features extremely detailed full color lithograph prints of geometric and decorative patterns common in nature as observed in the 19th century. Plates depict intricate drawings of Ivy Palmata, Common Ivy, Wild Rose, Ivy, and Blackberry plants. Available prints include Leaves from Nature No.3, and Leaves from Nature No.8.
Owen Jones' seminal design sourcebook, The Grammar of Ornament set the standard for full color lithography printing in the 19th century. The method used by London publishers Day & Son was chromolithography; an elaborate, and expensive method, sometimes requiring up to 20 separate lithographic stones and drawings for a single print. These meticulous studies depict some of the most impressive examples of decoration through many regions and time periods, all which fall under Jones’ principle of the idealization of nature.
Condition: Prints are in fine to very fine condition with minor tears and soiling in the margins. Images are clean with vivid colors and paper is sturdy.
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