Joseph Rose: Working Drawings. Facsimile of a Sketchbook at Harewood House.

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Joseph Rose: Working Drawings. Facsimile of a Sketchbook at Harewood House.

150.00

With an introduction by Ashleigh Murray. Frome: Kate Holland. 2019. Limited edition of 50, of which 48 ‘ordinary’ and 2 ‘extraordinary’. This the ordinary edition bound in full pale green cloth with gilt titling.

This book came about following an invitation to exhibit as one of the 26 makers selected to feature in the inaugural celebration of contemporary craft at Harewood House, Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters. A preliminary visit to the house culminated in a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives. In one drawer was a small, nondescript, slightly battered book which revealed a series of working drawings by both Joseph Rose Senior and Joseph Rose Junior.

The Roses were the pre-eminent master plasterers of their day and worked closely with Robert Adam on the ceilings at Harewood as well as on many other big houses, several of which feature in this book. It gives a fascinating glimpse into the minds of two incredible craftsmen working on highly significant commissions with some of the foremost architects and interior designers of their time. It is the perfect record of the link between commissioner, designer and craftsman. So often craftsmen fade into the background and I wanted to celebrate them especially for this celebration of craft.

As well as the facsimile sketchbook, there is also included an introduction by Ashleigh Murray, currently the only academic expert in the UK on Joseph Rose. There are also contemporary images from the workshop floor of Hayles and Howe in Bristol, who still use the same techniques as Joseph Rose today as well as a full list of plates, transcribed from the manuscript titles, as written by Joseph Rose.

This book is not just intended to act as an important reference tool for those researching ornamental plasterwork or the work of Robert Adam but also to appeal to a wider audience with an interest in Georgian architecture or the history of interior design and craftsmanship.

 

 

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