George Walton: Designer and Architect

ISBN: 9781873487013
Artist(s): George Walton
Author(s): Karen Moon
Format: hardback
Year published: 1993
Publisher: White Cockade Publishing
Total Pages: 208
Illustrations: 33 colour and 200 b&w illustrations


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This study of the work of the designer and architect, George Walton is prefaced by memoirs by his son and grandson. The text and illustrations reveal a body of work remarkable for its diversity, individuality and sophistication. Born into the thick of Glasgow’s artistic avant garde, Walton absorbed from his brother E.A. Walton and the other “Glasgow Boys” the painterly influence of their hero Whistler, and from his sisters a respect for the decorative arts. In 1888, following William Morris, he set up his own decorating company and was a formative influence on the distinctive “Glasgow Style”. Stained glass and stencilling, furniture, fabrics and fireplaces, carpets and cutlery, glassware and graphics – almost every area of decorative work was touched by Walton’s sensitive and innovative talent. His harmoniously integrated interiors were internationally admired. Moving to London in 1897 he found acclaim as a designer of photographic exhibitions and shops for the new Kodak company. Always ready to break new ground Walton then turned architect, and built some remarkable houses – and a stunning houseboat.


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