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Herbert Horne’s life was transformed by his first significant architectural commission from a wealthy philanthropist, Mrs Emelia Russell Gurney, for him and the artist Frederic Shields to design a chapel of meditation, the Chapel of the Ascension, on a site near the Bayswater Road. Mrs Gurney paid for them both to travel to Italy for five weeks between September and October 1889 to research architecture and mural paintings. It was his first visit to Italy, and the effect was immediate,
Posted onFrom 1889 the Century Guild’s base after Southampton Street was ‘Whiteladies’, no 20 Fitzroy Street– known as ‘Fitzroy’– an 18th-century house on four floors which Mackmurdo extended at the back with a studio. The glamour of the Fitzroy ménage amid the gloom of late Victorian London is memorably described by writers and artists who flocked there, among them author Victor Plarr, who recalled the February 1891 meeting:
Posted onArts and Crafts Pioneers by Stuart Evans and Jean Liddiard will be the first and only monograph on The Century Guild of Artists, the earliest Arts and Crafts guild, making a major contribution to a hitherto neglected but important area of art and cultural history. The Century Guild and its associates became a hub of art, design and culture from the 1880s to the 1890s, at the centre of key issues in fin-de-siècle London, and was a significant event between the High Victorian and Bloomsbury periods. Largely obscured by later Modernist developments, the Guild’s own architecture, distinctive new designs and new models of creative practice are for the first time revealed as valuable and innovative influences on the Arts and Crafts movement and its successors Art Nouveau and Modernism.
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