Cat No.: GB0511:
From His Private Correspondence and Family Papers. With an Introductory Sketch of the Art of Pottery in England.
By Eliza Meteyard, published in 1865. 2 volumes, first edition.
The authoritative biography of Josiah Wedgwood, and in Meteyard's own words of 1865 - I am willing to believe, judging from many analogies and pregnant signs, that the rebirth of Wedgwood's fame is something more than the fashion of the hour.
Chapters in the volumes include: The earliest varieties of pettery, Pottery of the Middle Ages, Staffordshire and its pottery, Wedgwood's Predecessors and Their Work, The Staffordshire Potters, Wedgwood's Start in Life, The Master Potter, Thomas Bentley the Liverpool Merchant, Canal Navigation and Royal Patronage, Public, Scientific and Artistic Business, Ancient Art and Modern Etruria; Materials and Mechanical Aids, Art in its Spring, Ornamental Ware, Artistic Work and Workmen, Wedgwood's Freinds, The Russian Service, The New Composition and its Results, The Catalogues and their Contents, Greek Street and Bentley, Philosophy and Art, The Period of Artistic Perfection, The Final Works.
Lavishly illustrated and including some coloured prints of borders of enamelled ware.
All in all, a wonderful reference source about Wedgwood, his life and his work, and fascinating reading in its own right.
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