Owen Jones

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Owen Jones
Owen Jones (1809-1874) was an architect and designer of great versatility, and one of the most influential design theorists of the nineteenth century. Through his work at the Great Exhibition of 1851, he was also a key figure in the founding of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Jones grew up in a world dominated by the austere 'whiteness'of neo-classical architecture; however, he was aware that recent discoveries suggested that ancient Greek buildings were, in fact, originally coloured. The prospect of studying these examples of architectural polychromy would have been irresistible to a young and ambitious architect. Embarking on a grand tour of Europe at the age of 23, Jones travelled not only through Italy and Greece, but also to Egypt, Turkey and Spain, where he developed an eye for architectural colour through his observations of medieval Islamic buildings. Indeed, he was particularly entranced by the beauty of Spanish Islamic design. Together with the French architect Jules Goury, he spent six months meticulously studying the breathtaking decoration at the Alhambra Palace in Granada, producing hundreds of drawings and plaster casts. Jones and Goury were the first to study the Alhambra as a masterpiece of Islamic design, and their resulting book, Plans, Elevations, Sections and Details of the Alhambra, became one of the most influential publications on Islamic architecture of all time.
TitleOwen Jones
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2010
Total No. of Pages66
Weight0.23 KGS
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