James Maclaren: Arts and Crafts Pioneer
Artist(s): James Maclaren
Author(s): Alan Calder
Year published: 2003
Publisher: Shaun Tyas
Publisher Location: Lincolnshire
Total Pages: 177
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in black and white and colour
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Philip Webb, the elder statesman of the Arts and Crafts Movement, believed no architect should design a building until he was forty. James Marjoribanks MacLaren (1853-1890), one of his most gifted and original disciples, took no heed of the advice and produced a series of fascinating Arts and Crafts buildings before he died at the age of thirty seven.
This study describes MacLaren’s buildings in Stirling, London, Las Palmas in the Canary Islands and finally at Fortingall in Perthsire, where he memorably united the time-honoured traditions of the Scottish vernacular with the comtemporary ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement. With the publication of this volume to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth, James MacLaren finally takes his rightful place as aleading pioneer of the progressive wing of the Arts and Crafts Movement alongside such contemporaries as Mackintosh, C.F.A. Voysey, E.S. Prior and W.R. Lethaby.