FROM MORRIS TO MACKINTOSH with Robert Reason

Tuesday 14 May 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Discover the fin de siecle Arts & Crafts Movement through the interior design and architectural legacies of William Morris and Charles Rennie Mackintosh

In this lecture Robert Reason will discuss the Red House, the Tudor Gothic home designed by Morris. Travel to England's Cotswolds, where formal estates display the influence of the Arts & Crafts Movement and explore Morris's country estate of Kelmscott Manor. It will also admire Baillie Scott's Blackwell House, perched above Windermere and still furnished with its original late 19th century decorative features.

In Glasgow, we will discover architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh's newly refurbished Willow Tea Rooms, and explore Queen's Cross Church and Hill House, Mackintosh's finest residential commission.

Robert Reason has worked in the Australian art museum sector for more than twenty years and from 2002 to 2015 was Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA). Since late 2015 Robert has been Senior Curator of The David Roche Foundation, Australia's finest private collection of European decorative arts. 

He has acquired, curated and published widely in the field of decorative arts, including developing AGSA's world renowned William Morris and English Arts & Crafts collection. He has written Morris & Co. Designs & Patterns (2003); Gladys ReynelI (2006), and co-authored Empires & Splendour: The David Roche Collection (2008). In early 2019 his guide book to The David Roche Foundation collection was published by Wakefield Press.

Robert has previously lectured at The Johnston Collection on Inspired Design (2013) and Embroidering with Mr Morris (2010).

This lecture is kindly supported by The Friends of The Johnston Collection.

View from the garden of Red House, Bexleyheath, by the architect Philip Webb and the designer William Morris. Image supplied

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