The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland

A History

Annette Carruthers

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This authoritative book is the most detailed account to date of the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland. Arts and Crafts ideas appeared there from the 1860s, but not until after 1890 did they emerge from artistic circles and rise to popularity among the wider public. The heyday of the movement occurred between 1890 and 1914, a time when Scotland’s art schools energetically promoted new design and the Scottish Home Industries Association campaigned to revive rural crafts. Across the country the movement influenced the look of domestic and church buildings, as well as the stained glass, metalwork, textiles, and other furnishings that adorned them. Art schools, workshops, and associations helped shape the Arts and Crafts style, as did individuals such as Ann Macbeth, W. R. Lethaby, Robert Lorimer, M. H. Baillie Scott, Douglas Strachan, Phoebe Traquair, and James Cromar Watt, among other well-known and previously overlooked figures. These architects, artists, and designers together contributed to the expansion and evolution of the movement both within and beyond Scotland’s borders.

Annette Carruthers is a senior lecturer in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews.

“The Arts and Crafts Movement. . .is the subject of a new and beautifully produced book. . .This book reminds us to look again at this rich heritage.”—Duncan Macmillan, The Scotsman

“[T]here’s a monumental history of The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland, by Annette Carruthers, which offers a feast for both eye and mind.”—Rosemary Goring, The Glasgow Herald

‘In this meticulously researched and beautifully produced new study Carruthers presents a comprehensive account of the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland, as pursued primarily by Scottish makers.’—Rosie Spooner, Burlington Magazine

‘This large, courageous, handsomely designed book builds on studies of the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland published over the past 30 or so years, whole referring to a range of primary sources and to broader contextual material and contemporary monographs. Its principal achievement is its readily accessible incorporation of these into one sumptuously illustrated volume.’—Nicola Gordon Bowe, DAS Newsletter

‘This sumptuously illustrated, glossy and authoritative book is the most detailed account of the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland written so far. . .Weighing in at no fewer than 404 pages, The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland: A History is a delightful cornucopia, a jewel of a book and therefore arguably an Arts & Crafts artefact in its own right.’—Katja Robinson, PRS Journal

'Handsome, thoughtful and generously illustrated..'—Furniture Historical Society Newsletter

‘The publication is an ambitious survey covering the movement from its roots in the 1860s to the peak of activity around the turn of the century, and concluding with its eventual demise in the years following the First World  War.’—Journal of the Scottish Arts & Crafts Movement.

Shortlisted for the 2014 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History
ISBN: 9780300195767
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Publishing Partner: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
424 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 1/4
100 color + 250 b/w illus.
Ernest Gimson

Arts & Crafts Designer and Architect

Annette Carruthers, Mary Greensted, and Barley Roscoe

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