Owen Jones and Jules Goury, Plans

Owen Jones and Jules Goury, Plans

Owen Jones and Jules Goury
Plans, Elevations, Sections and Details from the Alhambra
Volume, 1845
Museum number: NAL; 110.P.36

This volume was part one in a series of two, and constituted the main output of Jones and Goury's observational work in Andalucia. The studies contained within this volume include detailed drawings of ornament, translations of all Arabic inscriptions and an in-depth historical account of the Moorish kings of Granada.

To ensure perfect accuracy in the ornament details, plaster impressions were taken of every element of ornament of the Alhambra. Some of these casts were bought by the South Kensington Museum (precursor to the V&A) for students of Oriental art.

Jones worked hard to establish a good standard of chromolithographic printing to do justice to the striking Islamic decorative schemes, and in fact as a result was a major force in pushing forward colour printing in England at the time.