The School of Design collections, collectively known as the Museum of Ornamental Art, were eventually moved to a site in South Kensington that had been bought through profits from the Great Exhibition. This museum later became the V&A. Henry Cole, another key figure in design reform, had helped Jones publish 'The Grammar of Ornament'. Cole was also the first director of the South Kensington Museum, and he asked Jones to design a series of galleries known as the 'Oriental Courts'. The Oriental Courts comprised of two galleries: an Indian Court and a Chinese & Japanese Court. These galleries showcased the museum's growing collection of objects from India, China and Japan. Christopher Dresser, one of Jones's most famous protégés, was an assistant on the project.
The Oriental Courts had closed to the public by the end of the 19th century and unfortunately Jones's designs were later painted over. The rooms were used as the kitchens for the V&A restaurant for many years. However, conservation work carried out in the 1980s has shown that much of the original decoration still remains intact beneath the whitewash.
Owen Jones, 'Decoration for the Alhambra Court, South Kensington Museum', 1863. Museum no. E.3608-1931
John Frederick Lewis, 'My House in Cairo', about 1843. Museum no. 717-1877
James Wild, 'Elevation drawing for Christ Church, Streatham', 1841. Museum no. E.3648-1938
Owen Jones,'Plate XL Moresque No. 2' from 'The Grammar of Ornament', 1856. National Art Library Pressmark 106.J.22