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“Against Vulgarity”: Exploring the Arts and Crafts Movement,
: Alban Room, Chapter House, St Albans Cathedral

Conservation 50 St Albans
 Conservation 50 St Albans @50Albans
10:30 to 15:30 Sat Nov 23rd

Topics : Art

Day School 10.30-15.30 on 23rd November 2019 (Fee: £25)
“Against Vulgarity”: Exploring the Arts and Crafts Movement
This study day comprises three talks exploring the Arts and Crafts movement which emerged in
Britain in the last decades of the 19thcentury. In a reaction to the excessively ornate mainstream
style of the Victorian era – described by art historian Nicholas Pevsner as “vulgarity in detail” - it
promoted traditional craftsmanship, using simple forms, often medieval and romantic. Proponents
were also strong advocates of economic and social reform, bemoaning the rise of the industrial
age. These talks aim to explore the origins and influences of the movement in relation to other key
figures and movements, and include, where possible, links to St Albans.
1. The Pre-Raphaelites and their artistic and social influence on the Arts and Crafts Movement
(Tim Boatswain)
2. The Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris (Geraint John)
3. Reflections of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the work of Charles Rennie Macintosh
(Chris McIntyre)
This Study Day is a partnership between Conservation 50 and St Albans Cathedral