The Sgraffito of Heywood Sumner (1853 - 1940) Volumes 1 and 2

Malcolm Knight
2021
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, an
more » ... ctural survey of his works and an archival study of his family background, friends and influences. Sumner's working methods, plaster mixes, and organisation are reviewed. This culminates in an account of the author's attempt to replicate sgraffito panels, based on one of Sumner's schemes, in order to explore whether it is a technique suitable for contemporary use in the UK. Concluding chapters examine other sgraffito artists; the durability of external sgraffito and its absence in England after the First World War; its continuing use in Europe and Sumner's influence there, as well as renewed recent interest in Sumner, the need to conserve what survives of his sgraffito and whether some of his lost work could be reinstated. Volume 1 is the dissertation; Volume 2 is an up-to-date catalogue of his work.
doi:10.17638/03138856 fatcat:amsqeqvwrndnplkomcx4typ5gi