Thursday, March 10, 2016
London, Bristol, and more...
One reader's enthusiasm for my previous post on an Edwardian tiled pub facade made me think how many posts I've done on tiling from this period. Builders and architects in the late-19th and early-20th century used tiles on all kinds of buildings, and did so for a variety of reasons – because tiles are colourful and eye-catching; because they can be used to create ornate decoration relatively cheaply; because their wipe-down surface makes them hygienic; because all these advantages helped to make them fashionable; because this fashion generated a ready supply. Tiles were popular in the interwar period too, but I thought I would post a series of links to a dozen or so previous posts that together give an impression of the colourful variety of Victorian and Edwardian tiles.
Everard's Printing Works, Bristol: tiles depicting printers Gutenberg and Morris, designed by W J Neatby and made by Doulton
More tiles by Neatby creating an exotic effect on Leicester's Turkey Café
Still more Neatby tiles, including striking art nouveau lettering, at the Fox and Anchor pub, Smithfield, London
Doulton tiles, this time by John H McLennan, used indoors, in the Strand, London to create a phantasmagoria of flying fish
Tiles with religious imagery inside All Saints' Margaret Street, London
Tiles in the oriental style, for a former Turkish bath, London
Pork butcher's shop featuring pictorial tiles with piggy portrtaits, Cirencester
More butcher's animal tiles, King's Lynn
Enormous words built up from tiles: lettering in Kettering
Tiles for advertising at Leicester Square Underground Station, London
Maida Vale Underground Station, London, showing a typical tile-clad design in the style developed by the architect by Leslie Green: tiles that create a corporate identity
Ceramic lettering on another Underground station in London
A dazzling tile-clad former nurses' home, also shown above, in London
The pub in Gloucester that started me looking back at these posts
It strikes me that there are things missing from this list. I've not said much on the blog, for example, about terracotta, the widely used unglazed ceramic material that is usually brick-red and was seized upon by Victorian. Arts and Crafts, and Edwardian architects to clad buildings decoratively. Terracotta sunflowers, scrolls, leaves, patterns: they are all over the place and I'll be looking out for some to share with you soon.