Owen Jones and the V&A

Discover the relationship between one of the great Victorian designers and the early V&A.

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

  • For Members

    and general public; general booking now open

  • Tickets cost £12.00 - £15.00

    Includes wine reception.

Past Event
Owen Jones and the V&A photo

Owen Jones was one of the most influential designers and architectural theorists of the mid-19th century. Olivia Horsfall Turner, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the V&A, has researched the close and creative relationship between Jones and the early museum.

This talk, which celebrates the publication of her new book on the subject, will examine each of the projects that linked Jones and the museum: his famous illustrated publication The Grammar of Ornament (1856), his decorative scheme for the so-called ‘Oriental Court’, and his relatively little-known book Examples of Chinese Ornament (1867). It will shed new light on both Jones’s ideas and the identity of the V&A.

Priority booking is currently open for Members and Patrons; general booking will open 2 May.