Well-known in the Victorian art world for his award-winning ornamental designs, John Leighton decided to provide contemporary artists and artisans with a rich sourcebook of ideas and inspiration to use in developing their own designs. Entitled Suggestions in Design, the book featured an enormous array of designs and motifs from many cultures and times. The present volume contains all 102 plates from that rare 19th-century compilation. Included are more than 1,100 motifs painstakingly adapted from a host of design traditions: primitive tribal art and pottery; Egyptian sculpture and painting; Assyrian wall sculptures and carved ivory; Greek sculpture and terra-cotta vases; Etruscan painting, bronzework, and jewelry; Pompeian architectural details and mosaics; designs from Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Persian, Moorish, French Renaissance, and other sources. Careful reworkings rather than exact copies of original designs, these motifs were meant to guide users in creating their own versions of decorative ornament. Reproduced from a valuable original printed in 1881, this book includes detailed descriptions of the plates. It represents a highly useful source of beautifully rendered, copyright-free images that will be welcomed by artists, illustrators, craftworkers, and countless enthusiasts of the decorative arts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Looking through this book, I'm surprised there isn't a table of contents, but all of the artwork are neatly organized into genre or regional period. Each page has a title description like "Egyptian," "Roman, "Gothic," etc. Factual description for all the art are compacted into the first 23 pages of the book, which I don't like having to flip back and forth. I rather that each description goes on the same page of the art itself. The descriptions are just basic statements like "Goddess on a winged wheel" (page 5) or "heart-shaped hand screen or fan, containing a dragon vase from which grows a rose" (page 7)
Overall, I use this book without reading the descriptions. Good inspiration for my own art.
Really great reference images and a lot of them too! I am a freelance artist and this is a nice quick reference I can keep open while I work.
So many great motifs and designs. Its a great book to just sit down with and get inspired by.
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