arts and crafts movement

Discipline: Art

(c.1886)

A name coined by the English printer and bookbinder Thomas Cobden-Sanderson (1840-1922), a member of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, for a philosophy which proved significant in the development of British design at the end of the 19th century.

Espousing an idealistic approach to design and the arts, the movement, whose champions included the English designer WILLIAM MORRIS (1834-1896), rejected the overly ornate style of the Victorians. Instead they favored a simpler, decorative repertoire, drawn largely from medieval and Celtic art.

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