Founded "to supply designs in a readily applicable form to those who do not invent, plan, or adapt ornament, and who find difficulty in obtaining good and suitable suggestions for their work." The Art Workers' Quarterly, subtitled, A Portfolio of Practical Designs for Decorative and Applied Arts, was published in five volumes by Chapman & Hall, London, between 1902 and 1906. The editor was W.G. Paulson Townsend, the author of several books and articles on the decorative arts. In his foreword to volume 1, no. 1, he wrote that the object of The Art Workers' Quarterly, was provide a source of inspiration for art workers and “to supply designs in a readily applicable form to those who do not invent, plan, or adapt ornament, and who find difficulty in obtaining good and suitable suggestions for their work. Further, it is his aim to assist those who may have some knowledge of the principles on which ornamental design is constructed, by publishing specimens of good work from the best historical and contemporary examples”
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|GSA Library||Special Collection (Ask at Desk) 'Arts in Context'/ART||Vols. I-II (1902-1903) ; IV-V (1905-1906)||Missing: Vol. III (1904)|