The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland
December 10, 2013
424 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 1/4
100 color + 250 b/w illus.
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
This authoritative book is the most detailed account to date of the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland. Arts and Crafts ideas appeared there from the 1860s, but not until after 1890 did they emerge from artistic circles and rise to popularity among the wider public. The heyday of the movement occurred between 1890 and 1914, a time when Scotland’s art schools energetically promoted new design and the Scottish Home Industries Association campaigned to revive rural crafts. Across the country the movement influenced the look of domestic and church buildings, as well as the stained glass, metalwork, textiles, and other furnishings that adorned them. Art schools, workshops, and associations helped shape the Arts and Crafts style, as did individuals such as Ann Macbeth, W. R. Lethaby, Robert Lorimer, M. H. Baillie Scott, Douglas Strachan, Phoebe Traquair, and James Cromar Watt, among other well-known and previously overlooked figures. These architects, artists, and designers together contributed to the expansion and evolution of the movement both within and beyond Scotland’s borders.
Annette Carruthers is a senior lecturer in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews.
“[T]here’s a monumental history of The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland, by Annette Carruthers, which offers a feast for both eye and mind.”—Rosemary Goring, The Glasgow Herald
‘In this meticulously researched and beautifully produced new study Carruthers presents a comprehensive account of the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland, as pursued primarily by Scottish makers.’—Rosie Spooner, Burlington Magazine
‘This large, courageous, handsomely designed book builds on studies of the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland published over the past 30 or so years, whole referring to a range of primary sources and to broader contextual material and contemporary monographs. Its principal achievement is its readily accessible incorporation of these into one sumptuously illustrated volume.’—Nicola Gordon Bowe, DAS Newsletter