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George Heywood Maunoir Sumner (1853-1940) was the leading English exponent in the nineteenth century revival of sgraffito, an ancient form of incised plaster decoration used to adorn buildings. A prominent founding member of the Arts and Crafts movement, he was talented in a range of media, but especially sgraffito, developing a style that escaped the classical forms used by other artists of his period. This account of Sumner's sgraffito is based on a study of the technique's history, andoi:10.17638/03138856 fatcat:amsqeqvwrndnplkomcx4typ5gi