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Manners, Morals and the Modern: Exporting Ideas and Publishing British Tiles in the Late Nineteenth Century

McLaren, G (2011) Manners, Morals and the Modern: Exporting Ideas and Publishing British Tiles in the Late Nineteenth Century. In: Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society Conference, Exporting Stoke and Beyond: Tiles and architectural ceramics in the world context, 12 Nov 2011, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

Abstract

This paper examines the significant role that the export of tiles played in distributing the morals and values of late Victorian society. Concentrating primarily on decorated tiles as an aspect of the domestic interior, it shows how a new interest in the ways that ‘taste’ could reflect an attitude towards life, morality and ethics had a profound influence upon tile design. At the heart of its discussion, the paper demonstrates that distinct and important parallels can be made between the technical changes that allowed mass produced tile manufacture in the 19th century, and the revolution in printing technology and resultant expansion in publishing for the popular market that is such a feature of the Victorian era. Both were truly international in scope and both allowed the many, rather than the few a way of understanding and shaping the world around them. The paper asks therefore, can and should late nineteenth century British tile design and manufacture be seen as part of the pottery industry, or instead as an aspect of a widely exported, aggressive and pugnacious publishing industry?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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The conference is organised
by the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society.
www.tilesoc.org.uk

Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Bath School of Art and Design
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 12:38
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2014 21:48
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/431
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