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A is for Ashbee. An Arts & Crafts alphabet

“Many thanks for one of the most beautiful books we have ever seen.  It is a total treat from beginning to end.  One learns much.  One is excited, surprised, taught.  The pages glow and thrill.”

Harry Guest – Poet


The well-known art historian Peyton Skipwith has worked with acclaimed designer Brian Webb to create a book which is a pleasure to read and handle. It is not yet another history of the Arts & Crafts movement, more a combination of provocation and commentary accompanied by an informative and witty ‘alphabet’ section, using the delightful Alec Miller alphabet tiles as headings.


It is richly illustrated in colour.




A is for Ashbee has been published to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Museum.  We are an award-winning museum of craft and design celebrating the work and lives of nine artists and craftsmen, following the move of C.R. Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft from the East End of London to the town in 1902. The book, produced and managed in Chipping Campden was printed in England, respecting the Arts & Crafts tradition.



The authors
The team of Skipwith and Webb has produced several very successful books in the Design series, on artists such as Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, John Piper, the Nash brothers, and Peter Blake. Peyton Skipwith spent much of his career at the Fine Art Society in Bond Street and is well known as a lecturer. He is one of the leading art historians working on late 19th and 20th century artists and craftsmen and was awarded the Fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries.
A is for Ashbee
Peyton Skipwith & Brian Webb
150mm x 230mm
ISBN 978-0-9542824-3-1

To order copies or for media enquiries please contact the Museum:

01386 841951