Hardback224 PagesSize: 270 × 228 mm
55 colour illustrations and 97 B&W illustrations
ISBN: 9781848224513Publication: June 01, 2021

Arts and Crafts Pioneers

The Hobby Horse Men and their Century Guild

Stuart Evans and Jean Liddiard


  • Accompanies a major exhibition at the William Morris Gallery, London (late March - 31 August 2021).
  • Highlights the Century Guild's influence within the artistic, literary and musical circles of the period and its association with key figures of that society including Oscar Wilde, Christina Rossetti and W.B. Yeats.


Surveying for the first time the Century Guild of Artists and its influential periodical, the Century Guild Hobby Horse, this original publication asserts the significance of the Guild in the development of the Arts and Crafts movement and its modernist successors.

The founders of the Century Guild - architect Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo and his 18-year-old assistant Herbert Percy Horne (afterwards joined by the artist and poet Selwyn Image) - were driven by the ambition to answer John Ruskin’s radical call to regenerate art and society. Motivated by the concept of ‘the Unity of Art’, the Guild embraced a spectrum of arts which included architecture, painting, sculpture, metalwork, textiles and stained glass. It also reached out to music and literature, aiming to educate its public in practical form. 

Skilfully weaving chronology with the impressive artistic achievements of the collective, the authors also draw out the lively personalities of each of the protagonists and their wider circle. For anyone fascinated by the Arts and Crafts movement, this is essential reading.

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