Research Sources: 1. British and Irish Architecture and Decorative and Applied Arts 1850s to the 1930s is an ongoing project which will include digitizations of nearly every book, exhibition catalogue, pamphlet and conference paper on architecture and the decorative and applied arts in Britain and Ireland in the late nineteenth century and early years of the twentieth century - from the Gothic Revival to the advent of Modernism. It will also several important trade catalogues and much of the journal literature published during these years.


When complete, the database will contain some 250,000 pages of text and images and biographical information on the many thousands of artists, designers, craftspeople and architects whose work is discussed or illustrated in these publications.


The database will include all the catalogues of all the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society from 1888 to 1930; the catalogues of the Arts & Crafts Society of Ireland 1895, 1904, 1910 and 1917; the 3 volumes of Das Englische Haus by Hermann Muthesius, most, if not all, of the writings on the decorative arts by William Morris; All of the writings on the Arts & Crafts Movement and the Guild of Handicraft by C. R. Ashbee; all the books on the decorative arts and most of the significant books illustrated by Walter Crane; the catalogue of the last little known last major exhibition exhibition of the British and Irish Arts Movement held at the Louvre in Paris in 1914, which was cut short because of the outbreak of World War One; a series of publications on the Garden City Movement; a rare and previously uncatalogued W. H. Haseler trade catalogue featuring many of the jewerly and art metalwork designs by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co., The Studio Magazine 1893-1925; all the volumes of the Art Workers Quarterly, 1902-1906, Architectural Review 1897-1925, The Artist 1890-1902, The Journal of Decorative Art 1881-1904, The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art 1906-1925, Arts & Crafts 1904-1906, etc., etc.


The collection is fully cross-searchable, subject indexed and alphabetically and chronologically arranged.




With the growing demand for journals to be made available fully searchable online we decided to launch ReView in 2010. It currently contains the full text of a wide range of International Art and Architecture journals published between the 1860s and the 1930s.


Initially only three titles were available - the British journal The Studio (1893-1923); the French journal Art et Décoration (1897-1910); and the German journal Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration. We have since added over 100 more titles and many more journals will soon be available.


As with the AHR net database Design Abstracts Retrospective, we are compiling biographical and historical data on all the names discussed or illustrated in the journals digitized. This information is added to the AHR net database Arts + Architecture ProFiles. We are also adding supplementary bibliographies and Internet links to the profiles. Arts + Architecture ProFiles currently contains over 100,000 Internet links, many of which are archived.


The OCR text of the journals digitized for ReView is methodically proof-read. The aim is provide one hundred per cent replication of the original text. Errors and typos in the original text, including misspelling of artists names, are corrected, thus ensuring a more exhaustive and accurate return when searching.


ReView now contains many hundreds of thousands of images. It is, therefore, valuable as an image database. Many of the journals have not been digitized before and ReView may be the only location online of these images.


ReView also has the advantage of being fully cross-searchable. When researching an artist, subject or image, it isn't necessary to interrogate each journal and each volume of a journal separately.


ReView is an invaluable resource for research into the history of the Aesthetic movement, Art Nouveau, the Arts and Crafts movement, the origins of Modernism, the artists and designers associated with the Wiener Werkstätte, the early days of the Bauhaus, the flowering of the poster, the art of World War One, the genesis of Art Deco, the major international exhibitions such as Paris 1889 and 1900, Glasgow 1901, Turin 1902, St. Louis 1904, Brussels 1910, and San Francisco 1915 and much more, as well as on the thousands of architects, artists and designers active during these years.


URLs of each of the journals digitised for ReView are available here {20806}


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