Cost: Free

Charles Forster Hayward FSA and the Bookcases Commissioned by John Jones (V&A)

Ordinary Meeting of Fellows (Fellows and Guests Only)

Charles Forster Hayward FSA and the Bookcases Commissioned by John Jones (V&A)

Lecture by Max Donnelly FSA

Rossetti .bookcaseBetween c.1858 and 1863 the architect Charles Forster Hayward FSA (1831-1905) designed four remarkable Gothic Revival oak bookcases to house the small library of antiquarian books formed by the collector John Jones. As a young man Hayward fraternised with members of London's most advanced architectural and design circle and was strongly influenced by the theories of John Ruskin and the painted furniture designed by William Burges. The lecture will draw on a cache of documents relating to the bookcases discovered among Hayward's papers. This includes correspondence with the craftsmen who made the bookcases as well as the artists Edward John Poynter and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who decorated two of them. Hayward's papers reveal the surprisingly complex and fraught genesis of the two painted bookcases, which involved disputes, subterfuge, theft, fire and a maritime drama. It will discuss Hayward's designs in the context of his activities as an antiquary, and explore his enduring friendship with Jones who, in 1882 bequeathed three of the bookcases, together with his extensive collection of largely seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French fine and decorative arts, and library, to what became the V&A.

Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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