Selwyn Image

(1849—1930) designer

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(1840–1930) A British designer with close ties to the Arts and Crafts Movement, Image worked in stained glass, embroidery, bookbinding, typography, and graphic design. He was also an articulate writer on design, was Master of the Art Workers' Guild in 1900, the Slade Professor of Fine Arts at Oxford from 1910 to 1916, and a member of the Design and Industries Association, established in 1915. In his early years he was influenced by John Ruskin, whom he met at Oxford, later working closely with the designer A. H. Mackmurdo and the Century Guild. Image's line-block design for the cover of the inaugural 1884 issue of the Hobby Horse, the Guild's publication, is widely known. Other celebrated works include the design of embroideries for the Royal School of Needlework and bookbindings such as that for the novel Stefania (1893). In the same year he contributed to Arts and Crafts Essays by Members of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society and, two years after his death in 1930, his letters were published, having been edited by his friend Mackmurdo.

From A Dictionary of Modern Design in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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