7th August 2013
The Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society was formed in 1887. It grew out of the Art Workers’ Guild, as the Guild did not have sufficient space to hold exhibitions, at the time. Many of the Society’s members were also in the Art Workers’ Guild but, unlike the Guild, the Society allowed women to join. The Society is seen as very important in the promotion and development of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Walter Crane was the founding President for the first 3 years, followed by William Morris in 1891. William Morris died in 1896 and Walter Crane died in 1915.
The Society published its famously influential Arts and Crafts Essays in 1893. This was a collection of essays about the decorative arts by the Society’s members that had been written for the exhibition catalogues and were later collected together for publication. In it there are several essays by William Morris, Walter Crane, May Morris and Ford Madox Brown,( amongst others.)
From Grim’s Household Stories, illustrated by Walter Crane