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The Art of the Plasterer

By George Bankart

Publication date 2002

368 pages

George Bankart first write The Art of the Plasterer in 1908. It was then re-issued, with amendments, a few years later. Now available as a facsimile edition, this impressive, well illustrated volume offers an artistic interpretation of the way plaster was used in response to stylistic changes.

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 The Art of the Plasterer



By George Bankart

Publication date 2002

368 pages

George Bankart first write The Art of the Plasterer in 1908. It was then re-issued, with amendments, a few years later. Now available as a facsimile edition, this impressive, well illustrated volume offers an artistic interpretation of the way plaster was used in response to stylistic changes. Bankart was an architect inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement who cared passionatley about the craft of plastering and sought to complement Millar's earlier craftsman's book by producing a volume which traced the history and art of plastering throughout the United Kingdom. It explores in detail how plaster masterials and methods were developed and used, giving a fascinating insight into some of the unsuual substances added to plaster. For instance, he tells us that ancient stuccos sometimes contained fig juice, curdled milk, blood or beer to make them harder. The book also contains an account of wattle and dab as well as parge-work, using practical illustrated examples to give an excellent description and record of the subject. With over 400 illustrations, comprising black and white photographs and drawings of ceilings and the profiles of mouldings, this volume will be of value to craftsmen engaged in plasterwork, conservation professionals and all architects and architectural historians witha n interest in this field.

Contents:

Introduction*Ancient stucco-duro*The stucco-duro of the Italian Renaissance*Sgraffito or scratched ornament*Stucco-duro in England*Wattle and Dab and parge-work*The English school of platerwork*Scottish plasterwork*Irish plasterwork*English plasterwork of the later Renaissance*The eighteenth-century degeneration*The Adam brothers and their work*MOdern plasterwork: Part 1: Present day methods - Part 11: teaching of the past: a comparison*Index to text and illustrations.

About the Author:

George Bankart was an architect inspired by the Arts and Craft movement, who believed that there should be no division between architects and craftsmen. Rather like earnest Gimson, who became skilled in a number of crafts, he learned how to plaster and became particulary skilled in handworked decorative plaster.

From the Reviews:

An impressive, well illustrated volume offering an artistic interpretation of the way plaster work and plastering materials developed throughout the United Kingdom.

Building Conservation Journal

......his work remains as a masterly, and very readable history, admirably supported by a large number of drawings and photographs.

EASA Newsletter

.....an ideal publication for those seeking accuracy i historic detail, form and style.

Building Engineer

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