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The Works of John Ruskin, Honorary Student of Christ Church, Oxford
by John Ruskin
Binding: Hardcover, 252 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 1.17 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9.21 x W: 0.47 inches
ISBN 10: 0554669897
ISBN 13: 9780554669892
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: LECTURE III. MODERN MANUFACTURE AND DESIGN. A Lecture Delivered at Bradford, March, 1859. 71. T T is with a deep sense of necessity for your L indulgence that I venture to address you to night, or that I venture at any time to address the pupils of schools of design intended for the advancement of taste in special branches of manufacture. No person is able to give useful and definite help towards such special applications of art, unless he is entirely familiar with the conditions of labour and natures of material involved in the work ; and zdefinite help is little better than no help at all. Nay, the few remarks which I propose to lay before you this evening will, I fear, be rather suggestive of difficulties than helpful in conquering them : nevertheless, it may not be altogether unserviceable to define clearly for you (and this, at least, I am able to do) one or two of the more stern general obstacles which stand at present in the way of our success in design ; and to warn you against exertionof effort in any vain or wasteful way, till these main obstacles are removed. 72. The first of these is our not understanding the scope and dignity of Decorative design. With all our talk about it, the very meaning of the words ' Decorative art' remains confused and undecided. I want, if possible, to settle this question for you to night, and to show you that the principles on which you must work are likely to be false, in proportion as they are narrow ; true, only as they are founded on a perception of the connection of all branches of art with each other. 73. Observe, then, first the only essential distinction between Decorative and other art is the being fitted for a fixed place ; and in that place, related, either in subordination or in command, to the effect of other pieces...

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