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Byrdcliffe : an American arts and crafts colony
Green, Nancy E.
Publication Information:
Ithica, NY : Cornell University, [2004]

Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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NK1149.B94 B97 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This is the history of York as you have never encountered it before. Travel back to a time when Erik Bloodaxe was resident monarch, or when William the Conqueror was in the middle of his relentless #145;Harrying of the North'. There are no tea rooms or hanging baskets in this York, but the severed heads on the walls have a certain decorative effect and there are plenty of places to stay #150; if you don't mind risking cholera, plague and typhus#133; York has been the backdrop to some of the most significant and bloody events in British history. Read on if you dare.

Author Notes

Robert Edwards has written many books about motor racing, including Archers and The Listers, both voted book of the year and the decade by the motoring press.

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Furniture, metalwork, paintings, photographs, pottery, textiles, and works on paper are illustrated in this book. Seven essays tell of the people and products of this Woodstock colony founded by British-born Ralph Whitehead and American Jane McCall in 1903, and dedicated to the ideal of a simple creative life in a healthful, beautiful setting, rather than to the development of identifiable craft products. Both Whitehead and McCall were imbued with the ideas of Ruskin and Morris and had studied in France, Italy, and Germany. Participants from Hull House, Dow's program at Pratt, and California art programs were part of the colony's artistic and intellectual mix; mostly active in summer, artists and craftsmen came and went. Most distinctive are the c. 1903-04 furniture, representing a meld of British, European, and American craft concepts. Decorative panels are framed in clearly defined structural forms. The surviving 28 rambling, wood-stained structures, blending into the landscape, are another important legacy. Two participants soon left the colony and established their own summer colonies nearby. Remnants of the Byrdcliffe crafts program withered away by 1915. The community of Woodstock nonetheless became a vibrant artistic community. Denker makes a contribution to understanding the artistic philosophies of the early 20th century. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. J. Poesch emerita, Tulane University