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The House that Jack Built : Robert Burns (Ltd Ed 1988) Scottish Art Nouveau

The House that Jack Built : Robert Burns (Ltd Ed 1988) Scottish Art Nouveau

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The House that Jack Built

Drawn and Commented on by Robert Burns

Published by Forrest McKay, Edinburgh, 1988. Limited Edition to 400 copies with this being copy number 48. Large hardback slim book, red cloth with gilt titles, no pagination, illustrated by Scottish artist Robert Burns.

Comes with a letter from the publisher giving info on the artist and the book, plus a flyer inviting people to a 1988 Robert Burns exhibition of his original illustrations and calligraphy . . plus a postcard with  Robert Burns painting.

Very scarce.

Very good condition throughout. Binding very good and pages very clean throughout. No writing or names to the book. Overall very good.

Robert Burns was an early exponent of the Art nouveau style in Scotland and an outstanding decorative artist. He returned to Edinburgh after periods studying in London and Paris and travelling in North Africa. A talented painter and designer, Burns followed the example of artists of the Arts and Crafts movement, engaging in projects involving a variety of materials. These also furthered the relationship between the arts, commerce and industry. His most famous and complete interior designs were for Crawford's Tea Rooms on Princes Street. He combined commercial projects with teaching and became Head of Painting at Edinburgh College of Art.

Burns was born in Edinburgh in 1869. His father was Archibald Burns, a pioneer of photography originally from Hamilton. The family lived for a time at Rock House on the Calton Hill, in what had been the studio of David Octavius Hill. Robert was educated at the Royal High School and Dollar Academy.

He moved to Glasgow as a young man and attended evening classes at Glasgow School of Art. On being advised by Edward Arthur Walton to pursue a career in art, he left Scotland for London where he enrolled as a student at Professor Fred Brown's school at Westminster. In 1889 he moved to Paris and for the next two years he studied at the Académie Delécluse under Auguste Joseph Delécluse, Paul-Louis Delance and Edward Frederick Ertz. He was elected President of the Society of Scottish Artists in 1901. After a trip to Morocco in 1920, he returned to Edinburgh. He followed the example of the Arts and Crafts movement artists, employing a variety of materials in handicraft works with a view to furthering the relationship between arts, commerce, and industry.

Burns was associated with Patrick Geddes' Fin de Siècle Scottish cultural revival. He contributed illustrations to all four volumes of The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal published by Patrick Geddes and Colleagues between 1895 and 1897. His Natura Naturans, which appeared in The Book of Winter in 1895 is believed to have influenced Gustav Klimt's Fishblood (1898). He also designed costumes for Geddes' historical pageants.

Burns' most famous and complete designs were for the Crawford's Tea Room (1926), which was located on Hanover Street just off Princes Street in Edinburgh.

Burns combined commercial work and teaching, becoming the Head of Drawing and Painting at the Edinburgh College of Art, where he taught from 1908 to 1919.

By the early 20th century Burns was already fairly successful, allowing him to purchase 49 Northumberland Street; a large Georgian town house in Edinburgh's New Town, where he converted the attic into a large studio space.
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