Grammar of Ornament

Grammar of Ornament was Owen Jones’ design masterpiece. First published in 1856, the lavish folio highlighted stunning patterns and motifs in 112 illustrated plates. Each intricate illustration explored design principles behind the architecture, textiles and decorative arts of 19 diverse cultural periods, with a final chapter revelling in the glory of the natural world. It is still in print 150 years later, testament to its enduring design appeal.
Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856). National Museum of Scotland.

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