Peter Pearson's Decorative Dublin is a feast for the eye, celebrating the city's decorative surfaces in ironwork, brickwork, stone, glass, plaster, its fanlights, doors and windows…and more.
Visual and Performance Arts
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The city is full of decorative things whose main function is to delight. Ancient, Georgian, Victorian and modern features are all here. At certain periods everything, even the most practical and mundane coal-hole cover or boot scraper, was decorated, leaving a rich heritage on buildings, pavements, walls, roofs, in gardens and interiors.
The book also includes the fascinating stories of crafts and craftworkers.
'Sumptuously produced and meticulously researched.'
'For anyone unaware of the variety contained within the architecture of Dublin, this book will be an eye-opener.' Full review
'Decorative Dublin offers a lavishly illustrated celebration of the city's "rich legacy of beautiful minutiae" ... (Pearson) writes with enthusiasm and knowledge about his subject.'
'This beautifully illustrated volume contains endless riches.'
'Rich and colourful photographs ... the text is informative and equally rich ... Pearson's is an infectious passion, and the book itself, lovingly laid out, is something of an object of vertu.'
'A stunning and fascinating journey through the streets and history of the capital city'
'This book is an attempt to preserve not only the beautiful minutiae but also the larger decoartive detail of Dublin's unique cityscape'
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