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The Grammar of Ornament - Owen Jones
#501 Vol. 1 Ornament of Savage Tribes
#502 Vol. 2 Egyptian Ornament
#503 Vol. 3 Assyrian and Persian Ornament
#504 Vol. 4 - Greek Ornament
#505 Vol. 5 - Pompeian Ornament
#506 Vol. 6 - Byzantine Ornament
#507 Vol. 7 Arabian Ornament
#508 Vol. 8 Turkish Ornament
#509 Vol. 9 Moresque Ornament
#510 Vol. 10 Persian Ornament
#511 Vol. 11 Indian Ornament
#512 Vol. 12 Hindoo Ornament
#513 Vol. 13 Chinese Ornament
#514 Vol. 14 Medieval Ornament
#515 Vol. 15 Celtic Ornament
#516 Vol. 16 Renaissance Ornament
#517 Vol. 17 Elizabethan Ornament
#518 Vol. 18 Italian Ornament
All the Volumes in one page

The Illuminated Manuscripts Collection
#401 Vol. 1 Medieval & Renaissance
#402 Vol. 2 Medieval & Renaissance
#403 Vol. 3 Medieval & Renaissance
#404 Vol. 4 Medieval & Gothic
#405 Vol. 5 Frontispieces Collection
#414 Vol. 6 High Renaissance Borders
#415 Vol. 7 Renaissance Initials
#416 Vol. 8 The Roman Manuscript
All the Volumes in one page

The Celtic Manuscripts Collection
#406 Vol. 1 Capital Letters
#407 Vol. 2 Borders & carpet pages
#408 Vol. 3 People, animalia & punctuation
#409 Vol. 4 From many manuscripts NEW
All the Volumes in one page

L'Ornement Polychrome
Auguste Racinet
#423 Vol. 1 Medieval Ornament
#424 Vol. 2 Stained Glass
#425 Vol. - Renaissance and 17th Century
#426 Vol. 4 18th Century Ornament
All the Volumes in one page

The Owen Jones Collection
#410 Vol. 1 Ancient Spanish Ballads
#411 Vol. 2 Paradise and the Peri
#420 Vol. 3 Gray's Elegy
#421 Vol. 4 Joseph and His Brethren
All the Volumes in one page

Special Collections
#417 Antonius Collection, Music Scores Pages
#418 William Morris, The Kelmscott Chaucer
#419 Walter Crane, The Faerie Queene
#422 Aubrey Beardsley, Le Morte D'arthur

Borders for Word
#413 Vol. 1 Borders for Word Documents
#412 Vol. 2 Gems from the Poets

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The Grammar of Ornament
Owen Jones
The complete Grammar of Ornament
(Volumes 1 to 18) on DVD

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7922 graphic files in the EPS format
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The 18 Volumes of The Grammar of Ornament

The Grammar of Ornament Volume 1 - #501
Ornament of Savage Tribes*

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 2 - #502
Egyptian Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 3 - #503
Assyrian and Persian Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 4 - #504
Greek Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 5 - #505
Pompeian Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 6 - #506
Byzantine Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 7 - #507
Arabian Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 8 - #508
Turkish Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 9 - #509
Moresque Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 10 - #510
Persian Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 11 - #511
Indian Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 12 - #512
Hindoo Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 13 - #513
Chinese Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 14 - #514
Medieval Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 15 - #515
Celtic Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 16 - #516
Renaissance Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 17 - #517
Elizabethan Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament Volume 18 - #518
Italian Ornament

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The Grammar of Ornament
Owen Jones first published this monument of design reference in 1856, in installments for subscribers. Since then have been many editions in many languages including modern reprints.
This beautiful and highly influential publication, illustrated with examples of historical styles of ornament is a classic in its field and still regarded with respect and consulted today. The choice of color used in the book was considered as important and influential as the designs.
The drawing in the plates are based on the massive collection of design patterns gathered by Owen Jones in his travels around the world and from collections residing in British Museums including the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum).

The Making of the Graphics
At first view the making of the graphics may be considered quite a simple task, lengthy and tedious, but simple. A more accurate look at the original graphics from the book shows that they are merely hand drawings without any accurate geometrical construction and often tricks of the brush were used to make the ends meet and the pattern look correct while it was not. To create the tiles and the corners of each drawing and each repeating pattern we had first to build the geometry and sometime we had to modify the proportions of the patterns to make them real and possible. Corners were inexistent and have been created for almost all the repeating linear patterns; the design of some linear pattern did not permit the creation of the corner. The EPS version of the graphics preserves in each file our original grouping of the elements, which facilitate the change of colors and/or the extraction of individual elements. All colors have been created as process colors and defined as global.

* The “Savage Tribes” definition.
Ornaments from Articles belonging to various Savage Tribes, exhibited in the United Services and British Museums.
Jones was obviously a true Victorian fellow and his sensibility was as expected. We do not share his sense that inhabitants of the Pacific Islands should be tagged as “Savage Tribes” and definitely no others.

Owen Jones
Born in 1809 to a Welsh antiquarian and furrier, he studied architecture at Charterhouse School, London and was the apprentice of the architect Lewis Vuillamy. In 1832 he set for the Continent on a Grand Tour. His travels included Greece, Spain, Egypt, and Turkey. In Greece Jones met Jules Goury (1803-34), a young French architect; both travelers become fascinated by classical architecture polychromy. In Spain they undertook a detailed survey of the Alhambra. After Goury died of cholera in 1834, Jones completed their research and published it himself as Plans, Elevations, Sections and Details of the Alhambra in 1842. in 1841 he published an illuminated edition of J. G. Lockhart's Ancient Spanish Ballads. At the same time he was involved in architectural and interior design projects; the most successful was Christ Church (1840-42), Streatham, London, designed by James William Wild. Well known in the 1840s for the design of mosaic and tessellated pavements in geometric patterns; Owen Jones submitted in 1844 a design for the floors of the new Palace of Westminster, which, although praised, was not accepted. In 1851 Owen Jones was involved as Superintendent of the Works with the plans for the Great Exhibition, his tasks involved the decoration of the Crystal Palace designed by Joseph Paxton.
After the Great Exhibition, Jones was involved in re-erecting the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, London, where, with his friend Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt, he undertook the design and furnishing of the Fine Arts Courts.
As a result of coloring the Greek Court according to what he believed were the ancient methods, he was obliged to publish an Apology in 1854, in which he was assisted by his friend the philosopher George Henry Lewes.
In 1852 he began to lecture at the newly formed Department of Science and Art, which was founded by his friend Henry Cole. With Cole's help Jones evolved his principles into 37 axioms of design, which appeared in his influential publication the Grammar of Ornament in 1856.
Working in collaboration with the London firm of Jackson Graham, Owen Jones decorated many domestic interiors. For Alfred Morrison he decorated the interiors of his country house at Fonthill, Wilts, and his town house at 16 Carlton House Terrace, London, which contained some fine examples of Moorish and other styles. Owen Jones's most important decorative schemes for public buildings were those for the Langham Hotel and for the Fishmongers' Hall, both in London. Jones worked closely with several firms: he designed wallpapers for Trumble Sons and for Jeffrey Co.; carpets for James Templeton Co. and for Brinton; silks for Benjamin Warner; and numerous paper items for the firm of De la Rue, and many others. His association with De la Rue over thirty years covered virtually all the items produced by the firm, from playing cards to stamps. The packaging they produced from Owen Jones's designs for Huntley Palmer, the biscuit manufacturers, is an early example of the modern approach to graphic design and marketing.

Vector Graphics
Each decorative image and element is meticulously hand-drawn. Many advanced designers will find our vector file versions with the following desirable feature: preserved, original hierarchies and groupings to facilitate modifications and enable the extraction of unique elements. Though resolution-independent vector formats insure high-quality reproduction at any size and allow complete latitude for pre-production modifications, our CD collections also include common pixel-based file formats of each graphic and a vector format supported by Office applications for desktop publication.

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The Volumes of the GRAMMAR OF ORNAMENT contain vector graphics based on the Owen Jones’ decorative designs collected in his book by the same name, the collection includes borders, dividers, corners, side tiles in various sizes and variations, repeating tiles large and small, decorative elements, etc.

The variety of images available can be evaluated in the “View the CD contents” links or the "View the DVD contents" in this page. Because of the large amount of graphic files available in each CD, only one image per design is visible in the catalog, but beside each image there is a list of all the elements included for that specific design and their file name (better viewed in the large version of the online catalog).

Graphic files included in the EPS format:
Volume 1: 137 files
Volume 2: 805 files
Volume 3: 244 files
Volume 4: 1159 files
Volume 5: 447 files
Volume 6: 335 files
Volume 7: 528 files
Volume 8: 107 files
Volume 9: 263 files
Volume 10: 641 files
Volume 11: 570 files
Volume 12: 251 files
Volume 13: 469 files
Volume 14: 639 files
Volume 15: 204 files
Volume 16: 644 files
Volume 17: 200 files
Volume 18: 257 files

Every CD Collection includes files in three file formats:
EPS Version 8
WMF
TIFF at 600dpi

Also included are folders titled "Parchemin" (photographic reproductions of parchemins for background use) and "Books Backgrounds" (photographic reproduction of covers and pages of antique books); images that may be used as backgrounds.

A complete HTML catalog in every CD.