Such were the impact and influence of 'The Grammar of Ornament' that is easy to forget that Jones was, first and foremost, an architect. Sadly, many of his built projects have long since been demolished. They included St James';s Hall, London's principle concert venue for almost fifty years, and two shopping emporiums: the Crystal Palace Bazaar and a showroom for Osler's, the glassware manufacturer. Their sumptuous interiors were breathtaking monuments to leisure and consumption.
Owen Jones, 'Design for the interior of Osler's Gallery, Oxford St, London', 1859. Museum no. P.29-1976
Owen Jones, 'Design for a garden pavilion in Cairo for the Governor of Egypt (elevation view)', 1861. Museum no. 8277C
Owen Jones, 'Design for a garden pavilion in Cairo for the Governor of Egypt (section view)', 1861. Museum no. 8277D
Owen Jones, design for the Drawing Room ceiling at Kensington Palace Gardens, 19th century, watercolour. Museum no. 8352