AUDSLEY, W. & G. Polychromatic Decoration. As Applied to Buildings in the Mediaeval Style. viii, 32 pp. Illustrated with 36 plates, each with accompanying text leaves. Folio, 402 x 277 mm, bound in brown publisher's cloth, gilt on spine and front cover. London: Henry Sotheran, 1882.
First Edition of this Victorian classic. The fine chromolithographs, printed by the Firmin-Didot, depict Mediaeval ornamentation as it applies to various architectural structures. The range of pattern, colour, and narrative elements were intended for the architectural profession but also for amateur decorators.
The Audsley Brothers (George Ashdown and William James) were trained as architects in Scotland and moved to Liverpool where they established a practice in 1860. Until their collaboration ended in 1884, they produced many picture books on the various aspects of their profession. By 1890 both brothers were settled in the United States where their combination of scholarship and practice were just as successful.
Polychromatic Decoration is a typical Victorian pattern book of the type made popular by Owen Jones with his Grammar of Ornament. Marginal tear on Plate XXII not affecting image, light scattered foxing, else a very good copy.
McLean, Victorian Book Design, p. 133.
Item nr. 143943