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Ancient Needlepoint and Pillow Lace with - COLE, ALAN S - 1875. 
1st edit., Published by the Arundel Society for Promoting the Knowledge of Art, 1875. Ex Science and Art Department Circulation library, with label and small stamps on plates. See GERNSHEIM. British Photographic Literature. No. 598., 1875. 20 plates of mounted Woodbury photographs, some exhibiting more than one example of lace, with accompanying text leaf, index; viii+12pp; contents loose, spotting to some plates and text leaves. Large folio (15 x 11in) orig. brown morocco backed, spine gilt, printed boards, wear on extremities, covers marked, Alan Summerly Cole [1846-1934] was the son of Sir Henry Cole, the first director of the South Kensington Museum, now the Victoria and Albert Museum. Cole attended the Government Design Schools at South Kensington. He was an expert in textiles, especially lace who wrote reports on the working conditions of lace makers in Britain. He was a friend of Whistler. This work was prompted by the interest in lace created by the International Exhibition of 1874. Examples of Spanish, Italian, French and Flemish lace are illustrated. These excellent photographs display the intricacy and delicacy of the lace designs.
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