Owen Jones (1809-74)
Original drawing for 'The Grammar of Ornament'
'Nineveh and Persia No. 1'
Museum no. 1586
'The Grammar of Ornament' consisted of twenty chapters that explored design principles from sources as diverse as ancient Egypt, Greece and Pompeii, medieval Europe, India, China, Pacific islands and of course the Islamic world. The V&A holds all of the original drawings, which were made by Jones and his team of assistants. Jones's assistants spent a year meticulously preparing the original 'Grammar' drawings for publication. The drawings were carefully copied on to lithography stones and then printed.