From William Morris. Building conservation and the Arts and Crafts cult of authenticity, 1877-1939.
New Haven and London, Yale University Press for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art 2005.
Large 8vo. xvii + (3) + 343 + (1)pp, 71 photo ills. Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper. Gavin Stamp’s copy, with his booklabel.
Ten essays by nine scholars, including Alan Crawford, on the history of building conservation in Britain from the foundation of the SPAB in 1877 onwards, with a particular focus on the relationship between the SPAB and the Arts and Crafts movement. Rather oddly, though, the volume has very little to say on the period between 1914 and the late 1930s, while including essays well outside the date span indicated by its title discussing the history of the Georgian Group, only founded in 1937, and the post-Second World War role of the SPAB.