Fix up your home the Gothic Revival way before the Prince Regent comes for the weekend. Ideas from “Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening: including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture,” which was published in London in 1816 and was written by H. Repton with the help of his son J. Adey Repton. Collections of the University of Wisconsin.

“Luxury of Gardens.” Page 289. Published in London by J. Taylor on February 1, 1816. Collections of the University of Wisconsin. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://search.library.wisc.edu/digital/ARNROAEXKQQ7R38Y/pages/ARTXV3M5KE2V7R8F
“Park Keeper’s Lodge, Cobham.” Page 291, Collections of the University of Wisconsin. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://search.library.wisc.edu/digital/ARNROAEXKQQ7R38Y/pages/AMXKD4SDYKMZAD8M
“The School House at Longnor, Shropshire.” Page 293. Published in London by J. Taylor on February 1, 1816. Collections of the University of Wisconsin. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://search.library.wisc.edu/digital/ARNROAEXKQQ7R38Y/pages/AL2VWEKJZWD5RV83

Decorate every room in your home in Gothic Revival with no faux pas. Go shopping with “Pugin’s Gothic furniture” put out by Augustus Pugin in 1830 and published by R. Ackermann in London. Pugin did work at the Palace of Westminster, too.

“Group of Gothic Furniture.” Frontispiece. 1830. Page 5. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n5/mode/1up
“Decorations and Furniture of a Room.” Title page. 1830. Page 6. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n6/mode/1up
“Horizontal Grand Piano Forte.” 1830. Page 10. Page 5. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n10/mode/1up

More coming.

Bit of places all dancing in air. Watercolors of designs by England’s John Dibblee Crace. Living from 1838 to 1919, he worked for Queen Victoria. Member of a family firm that helped decorate the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

“Design for a room with two fireplaces”. ca. 1860. English. Ink, watercolor and gouache on paper. Stamped “John G. Crace & Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” on the lower right. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363018?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=3
“New University Club/Design of stained glass for skylight over staircase”. 19th c. English. Pen and brown ink with watercolor over graphite.  Signed “JD Crace/[indecipherable]” at lower right on the verso. Stamped”John D. Crace / 38 Wigmore Street W” in purple ink at the lower right of recto. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363512?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=4




“Elevation of Wall for a Coffee Room”. ca. 1887, English. Watercolor and graphite with touches of gouache. Stamped “John G. Grace and Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” in purple ink at the lower left. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363524?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=5
“Design for Organ Pipes Decorated with Flowers and Fleur-de-lys.” 19th c. English. Watercolor over graphite with touches of gilt. Signed “J.D. Crace” in pen and black ink at the lower right. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363507?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=7

Decorate your foyer the ancient way. Plates printed in gold and colors from “Historic Styles Of Ornament containing 1,500 examples from all countries.” Translated from the original German of H. Dolmetsch and published by B. T. Batsford in London in 1898.

“Egyptian: Painting and Plastic Art.” Page 14. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n14/mode/1up?view=theater
“Egyptian: Architecture and Painting.” Page 16. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n16/mode/1up?view=theater
“Assyrian: Painting, Polychrome, Sculpture, Pottery.” Page 20,. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n20/mode/1up?view=theater .

Decorate up the powder room walls with design possibilities taken from Robert Brook’s “Elements of Style in Furniture and Woodwork” which was published in London and came out in 1889. All of these with an Italian Renaissance theme in case the Medici stop by.

“Italian Renaissance.” Page 38. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. University of Toronto, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofstylei00broo/page/n39/mode/1up
“Italian Renaissance.” Page 43. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. University of Toronto, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofstylei00broo/page/n43/mode/1up
“Italian Renaissance.” Page 45. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. University of Toronto, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofstylei00broo/page/n45/mode/1up

Studies for interiors executed for the Atelier Stylea in 1925. Screams Art Deco. Eugène Freyssinet, creator. A lot in a current Sotheby’s auction catalogue.

Interior with cabinet and lamp. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with a cabinet and lamp with a geometric wall treatment. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with a cabinet and lamp with a geometric wall treatment with floral border. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with armchair. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with a cabinet and books. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with round mirror. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with wood cabinet and scuplture. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with cabinet and vase of flowers. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with upholstered armchair and table. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors

Mirror frames that were old in 1836, one coming with its own furniture. Not your average Ikea kind of thing. Plates from Samuel Rush Meyrick’s “Specimens of Ancient Furniture.” Published in London by William Pickering. The illustrations drawn by Henry Shaw from existing authorities.

“Looking glass, of the time of Queen Elizabeth, in the possession of Sir Samuel Meyrick, Goodrich Court, Hertfordshire.” Page 26. Drawn and engraved by Henry Shaw. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/specimensofancie00meyr/page/26/mode/1up
“French looking glass, from Willimen’s ‘Monuments français inédits.” Page 39. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/specimensofancie00meyr/page/n39/mode/1up
“Silver furniture, at Knole Park, a seat of the Countess of Plymouth, date the time of James II.” page 41. Drawn and engraved by Henry Shaw. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/specimensofancie00meyr/page/n41/mode/1up

Embroidery patterns from the “Lady’s Magazine.” Run up a veil on your sewing machine with these and look like Charlotte, Princess Royal.

“New and Elegant Patterns for Children’s Caps,” engraved for the Lady’s Magazine. 1810. British, published in London. Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://archive.org/details/LMG00009
“New and Elegant Pattern for a Veil or Bottom of a Dress,” engraved for the Lady’s Magazine. 1810. British, published in London. Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://archive.org/details/LMG00006

“An Elegant New Pattern for the Head-piece and Border of a Cap,” engraved for the Lady’s Magazine. 1812. British, published in London. Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://archive.org/details/LMG00016
New Pattern for a Frill and Ruff,” engraved for the Lady’s Magazine. 1812. Published in London, England.  Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://archive.org/details/LMG00023

How the ancients really lived. Plates from Wilhelm Zahn and Otto Jahn’s 1828 work “Die schönsten Ornamente und merkwürdigsten Gemälde aus Pompeji, Herculanum und Stabiae” which was published in Berlin. All of these being Pompeii decor.

“Aus Pompeii.” Page 17. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://library.si.edu/digital-library/book/schoynstenornam00zahn
“Aus Pompeii.” Page 45. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://library.si.edu/digital-library/book/schoynstenornam00zahn
“Fries aus dem Tempel der Isis zu Pompeii.” Page 49. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://library.si.edu/digital-library/book/schoynstenornam00zahn
“Aus Pompeii.” Page 59. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://library.si.edu/digital-library/book/schoynstenornam00zahn

Designs to fancy up everything. Why live boring if you can use these? Taken from Samuel Leith’s work “The Tradesman’s Book of ornamental Designs” which was published in London in 1847.

Title page. Page 3. Collections of the Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalizing federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/tradesmansbookof00leit/page/n3/mode/1up?view=theater
“Iron Work.” Page 7. Collections of the Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalizing federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/tradesmansbookof00leit/page/n7/mode/1up?view=theater
“Flemish.” Page 11. Collections of the Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalizing federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/tradesmansbookof00leit/page/n11/mode/1up?view=theater
‘Italian: from a rare etching by Guido Reni after Lucas Cambiaso.” Page 13. Collections of the Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalizing federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/tradesmansbookof00leit/page/n13/mode/1up?view=theater