Grammar of Ornament
Owen Jones (1809-1874)
The Grammar of Ornament.
London: Bernard Quaritch, 1868
Prints & Photographs
Purchase, 2000 (146B.3)
In 1856, Englishman Owen Jones first published his monument to
design, the Grammar of Ornament, in installments
for subscribers. For his lushly illustrated plates, Jones's design
motifs drew from nineteen different cultures including the ornament
of Oceania, ancient Greece and Rome, Byzantium, Renaissance Italy,
and Moorish Spain. Throughout the second half of the nineteenth
century, the Grammar remained an influential source
book for the production of wallpaper, furniture, architectural
decoration, and fabric world wide.