The Splendid Disarray of Beauty
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156 Pages

27.9 x 25.4 cm

105 colour

Imprint: RIT Press

The Splendid Disarray of Beauty

The Boys, the Tiles, the Joy of Cathedral Oaks—A Study in Arts and Crafts Community

by Richard D. Mohr

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The Splendid Disarray of Beauty: The Boys, the Tiles, the Joy of Cathedral Oaks-A Study in Arts and Crafts Community retrieves from obscurity the story of the California artists Frank Ingerson (1879-1968) and George Dennison (1873-1966), known among their friends as "the Boys." In August 1910, they began fifty-five years of love and life together by launching a freestanding summer art school. The Cathedral Oaks school was bohemian in lifestyle but rigorously followed the teachings of the dean of American Arts and Crafts design, Arthur Wesley Dow.
The Boys went on to lead glamorous lives as interior designers in Hollywood and Europe-hobnobbing with Academy Award winners and dining with the Peerage. Married in substance one hundred years before California law got up to their speed, they are two of the most fascinating and admirable people you may have never heard of-until now
List of Illustrations ix
Introduction: An Art School in the Mountains 1
The Arts and Crafts Principles of Cathedral Oaks 13
The School's Culture and Methods 13
The American Arts and Crafts Aesthetic: The Theories of Arthur Wesley Dow 18
Conventionalization: A Second Sailing 20
The School's Long Path to Dow 24
The Men of Cathedral Oaks 29
The School's Impresarios: George Austin Dennison (1873-1966) and Charles Frank Ingerson (1879-1968) 29
George Austin Dennison's Early Life 29
Charles Frank Ingerson's Early Life 31
Ingerson and Dennison Marry and Have a School 32
Ingerson's Assistant: Pedro J. Lemos (1882-1954) 36
The School's Ceramic Engineer: Albert Louis Solon (1887-1949) 40
The Women of Cathedral Oaks 45
Calthea Campbell Vivian (1857-1943) 45
Nellie M. Powers (1862-1943) and Fannie Kerns (1878-1968) 50
Other Cathedral Oaks Students 51
The Art of Cathedral Oaks 53
Why Tiles? 53
Tile Designs - and Designers 58
Designs Borrowed and Lent, Swiped and Lost 70
Tile Types and Uses 80
The Glazes 86
Clay and Fire 90
Coda: The School's Last Two Years and the Boys' Last Fifty - In Brief 101
Appendix: The Dates of the Tiles Explained 113
Notes 117
Acknowledgments 139
Colophon 141

Richard D. Mohr is the author of Gays/Justice (1988), Pottery, Politics, Art (2003), God and Forms in Plato (2007), and several other books. Since 1993, he has been a regular contributor to the Journal of the American Art Pottery Association. He is professor emeritus of philosophy and of the classics at the University of Illinois-Urbana.

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October 2023

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Title Details

156 Pages

2.79 x 2.54 cm

105 colour

Imprint: RIT Press