Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852)
Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, an English designer, architect, and writer, is in many ways the father of the modern movement, even though he worked in the Gothic Revival style. In his influential writings, he implied that good design is morally correct and spiritually uplifting and he advocated many tenets that became central to modernism. For example, inspired by the structuralism inherent in Gothic architecture, he encouraged furniture makers to explore the merits of revealed, or rational, construction, in which the design of the piece can be readily understood. He recommended that designers use oak unadorned by fancy veneers and only employ decorative carving appropriate to the form and based on a flattened, schematic interpretation of nature. The nearby table in the style of Pugin is remarkable in its abbreviated form and absence of any traditional decoration.
Oak and green wool
open: 49 x 35 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (7 3/7 x 90.8 x 45 cm)
closed: 28 1/2 x 35 x 35 in. (72.4 x 88.9 x 90.8 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Gift of Geoffrey N. Bradfield
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact email@example.com
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Table, ca. 1845. Oak and green wool, open: 49 x 35 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (7 3/7 x 90.8 x 45 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Geoffrey N. Bradfield, 1995.146. Creative Commons-BY
overall, 1995.146_view1_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.