Thomas Jeckyll

Architect and Designer, 1827–1881

Susan Weber Soros and Catherine Arbuthnott

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Thomas Jeckyll (1827–1881) ranks among the least understood and most tragic Aesthetic Movement figures in England. This abundantly illustrated book explores his innovative and brilliant designs in architecture, furniture, metalwork, and interiors and restores him to his deserved place among the architect/designers of his time. The book is the definitive study of Jeckyll’s life and work, and it presents his notable buildings and diverse examples of his decorative arts.

Susan Weber Soros and Catherine Arbuthnott examine Jeckyll’s most important architectural commissions, among them the extravagant five-story Cambridge town house, Rance’s Folly. They also discuss the interiors he designed—some of the most innovative and evocative Aesthetic Movement rooms of his time—as well as the remarkable furniture and metalwork designs for which he is best-known today, including the “Four Seasons Gates” that were exhibited in Paris and Vienna.

Susan Weber Soros is founder and director and Catherine Arbuthnott is consulting curator of exhibitions at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture.

“Highly recommended.”—Choice

“Susan Weber Soros and Catherine Arbuthnott have produced a fascinating record of the life of a jobbing craftsman of the Aesthetic Movement. . . . [A] beautiful, well-ordered book.”—Susie Harries, Times Literary Supplement

Winner of the 2004 Henry Russell Hitchcock Award sponsored by the Victorian Society in America

Winner of the 2005 Philip Johnson Award given by the Society of Architectural Historians
ISBN: 9780300099225
Publication Date: August 11, 2003
Publishing Partner: Published in association with The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
304 pages, 10 x 12
100 b/w + 350 color illus.
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