Winner of the 2004 Henry Russell Hitchcock Award sponsored by the Victorian Society in America

Winner of the 2005 Philip Johnson Award given by the Society of Architectural Historians

Thomas Jeckyll (1827–1881) ranks among the least understood and most tragic Aesthetic Movement figures in England. This abundantly illustrated book explores his innovative and brilliant designs in architecture, furniture, metalwork, and interiors and restores him to his deserved place among the architect/designers of his time. The book is the definitive study of Jeckyll’s life and work, and it presents his notable buildings and diverse examples of his decorative arts.

Susan Weber Soros and Catherine Arbuthnott examine Jeckyll’s most important architectural commissions, among them the extravagant five-story Cambridge town house, Rance’s Folly. They also discuss the interiors he designed—some of the most innovative and evocative Aesthetic Movement rooms of his time—as well as the remarkable furniture and metalwork designs for which he is best-known today, including the “Four Seasons Gates” that were exhibited in Paris and Vienna.

Susan Weber Soros is founder and director and Catherine Arbuthnott is consulting curator of exhibitions at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture.

Table of Contents

Rediscovering Thomas Jeckyll

Thomas Jeckyll (1827-1881): A Forgotten Life

The Architectural Career of Thomas Jeckyll

The Eclectic Restorer: The Church Restorations of Thomas Jeckyll

Furniture and Interior Design

A Union of Art and Industry: Metalwork Designs


Checklist of the Exhibition