This week’s gem from the Stoddard – Templeton Design Archive is a series of sketches by H. W. Batley.
Henry William Batley (1846-1932) was an artist and furniture and textile designer most widely associated with the Aesthetic Movement. A pupil of B. J. Talbert, Batley designed furniture for Collinson & Lock. He also designed the interiors for Doulton’s terracotta house, which was exhibited at the Paris Exhibition in 1878 and for which he was to receive the Legion d’Honneur. In 1883 he wrote his Series of Studies for Domestic Furniture Decoration Etc, and in 1908 founded the Guild of Decorators Syndicate Ltd. with the aim of forging close links with commercial furniture and textile manufacturers, in stark contrast to the Arts and Crafts ideals of the time. During the 1870s Batley was apprenticed by Arthur Silver, who in 1880 was to become founder of the renowned Silver Studio.
The intricate, densely floral patterns in these sketches stand as beautiful examples of Aestheticism in the decorative arts. Batley is recognised as an important figure in the history of interior design, and these sketches, though tiny, are amongst the most important finds in the collection so far.
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