Travels in South Kensington with notes on decorative art and architecture in England.
London, Trübner & Co. 1882.
8vo. 234pp, incl. photo frontispiece and text ills. Publisher’s decorative gilt-stamped cloth, slightly worn and bumped. Occasional light internal spotting. Gavin Stamp’s copy, with his bookplate.
A commentary on the collections at the South Kensington Museum, which was then about twenty-five years old, followed by discussions of decorative art and architecture in England (praising in particular the “solid” qualities of Alfred Waterhouse and George Gilbert Scott), and remarks on Bedford Park, the new village in Chiswick partly designed by Norman Shaw which had become the author’s home. The free-thinking minister and lecturer Conway (1832-1907), American by birth, became unpopular in the US for his abolitionist views. Following the outbreak of the American Civil War, he settled temporarily in London in 1863, and developed a warm admiration for everything “English”. Despite his praise for the cosiness of his home in Chiswick, he and his wife returned to America in 1884 following the death of his father.