Designing the V&A: The Museum as a Work of Art (1857-1909) - the exhibition catalogue from V&A available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Designing the V&A: The Museum as a Work of Art (1857-1909)

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The building of the Victoria and Albert Museum, begun in 1857, is the most elaborately designed and decorated museum in Britain. This book, published to coincide with a V&A display, is the first to consider the V&A as a work of art in itself, presenting drawings, watercolours and historic photographs relating to the Museum's 19th-century interiors. Much of this visual material is previously unpublished.

The V&A's first Director, Henry Cole, conceived the Museum's building as a showcase for leading Victorian artists to design and decorate. This book reveals for the first time the ways in which Cole's expressed policy to 'assemble a splendid collection of objects representing the application of Fine Arts to manufacture' was applied to the fabric of the building, as he engaged leading painters such as Frederic Leighton , G.F. Watts and Edward Burne-Jones, as well as specialists in decoration such as Owen Jones and Morris and Company, to decorate and design for a building raised by engineers using innovatory materials and techniques.It represents a fascinating, untold chapter in the history of British 19th-century art, design, architecture and museums, and an essential backdrop to understanding the evolution of the Museum's early collections and identity.

  • Author: Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image at the V&A
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Date published: May 2017
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1848222335
  • Product Dimensions: 27.0 x 22.8 cm