D ECO R AT I V E A RTS
New in paperback
A dazzling sourcebook of images celebrating the immensely varied decoration of Indian architecture, now available in paperback. Henry Wilson is known for his photographs of India, which have appeared in many magazines and books, including Benares, India Contemporary and The Floral Patterns of India, all published by Thames & Hudson. His drawings of Indian motifs inspired Osborne & Little to commission the Sariskar Collection of wallpapers from him.
223 illustrations and 89 drawings 29.7 x 20.0 cm 256pp paperback ISBN 978 0 500 292419 February £19.95
‘Masterful … the layout and colour combinations are a delight … Wilson is an author of deep erudition who writes without a trace of pedantry’ The World of Interiors
978 0 500 518397 £32.00 hb
‘An excellent sourcebook … the wonderful photographs make this a book that anyone can enjoy’ Cassone
Pattern and Ornament in the Arts of India Henry Wilson This visual exploration of India’s decorative genius focuses on architecture – forts, palaces, havelis or mansions, tombs, temples and mosques. It concentrates on north-west India, which has an exceptionally rich seam of ornamented architecture – forts and palaces of Rajput and Mughal princes, mansions of Gujarati merchants, and much more. Three elements are essential to the evolution of this ornamentation: the natural world, the materials themselves, and the many hundreds of thousands of artists and craftsmen who have created this generous abundance of work in carved stone, wood, plaster both moulded and painted, and glass. Henry Wilson examines all in his introductory texts, and displays the results in his remarkable photographs and stencil-like drawings. This outstanding sourcebook of images will seduce and inform lovers of design, lovers of India and practising artists and designers everywhere.