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Plastering Plain and Decorative: 4th Revised Edition

Author/EditorMillar William (Author)
Bankart, George (Author)
ISBN: 9781873394878
Pub Date20/05/2010
BindingHardback
Pages496
Dimensions (mm)246(h) * 189(w)
A reproduction of the 1927 edition.
¥20,872
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William Millar's classic book "Plastering Plain and Decorative" is universally referred to as the 'Plasterer's Bible'. It was first published in 1897 and was clearly a great success, with a second edition following a couple of years later in 1899 and a third edition in 1905 (a reprint of the first edition is available from Donhead). In 1927 the publishers, B. T. Batsford Ltd, decided that it was time to republish Millar's 'magnus opus', but that the fourth edition should be revised and updated. They asked George P. Bankart, an architect/craftsman and author, who had already written another book for them, to take on this task. George Percy Bankart was an architect highly influenced by the 'Arts and Crafts' movement, who had chosen to work as a decorative craftsman. The 'Arts and Crafts' was an English movement dedicated to the idea that architecture could be inspired by a revival of traditional building crafts and materials. It started in the second half of the 19th century, based on the writings of Ruskin and was driven by the ideas Morris, amongst many others; and carried on into the first quarter of the 20th century. Bankart was born in Leicester on the 20th January 1866, and was a great friend of Ernest W. Gimson, another Leicester born architect, just over a year his elder. Both men studied and became architects, and shared a creative passion for the handicrafts. Whilst Gimson's career included embroidery design, traditional chair-making and furniture design, as well as decorative modeled plasterwork, Bankart concentrated primarily on plasterwork. Their different activities were true to the ideas of the Arts and Crafts movement, and their designs reflect the movement's interest in a return to nature. Bankart's career as an author started with "The Art of The Plasterer", which was published by B. T. Batsford Ltd in 1909. He seems to have taken a break from writing until, together with his son G. Edward Bankart, he produced two books "Modern Plasterwork Construction" in 1926, followed in 1927 by "Modern Plasterwork Design", both published by the Architectural Press. Also in 1927 he was back with B. T. Batsford Ltd for the publication of this fourth and revised edition of 'Millar'.

William Millar's classic book "Plastering Plain and Decorative" is universally referred to as the 'Plasterer's Bible'. It was first published in 1897 and was clearly a great success, with a second edition following a couple of years later in 1899 and a third edition in 1905 (a reprint of the first edition is available from Donhead). In 1927 the publishers, B. T. Batsford Ltd, decided that it was time to republish Millar's 'magnus opus', but that the fourth edition should be revised and updated. They asked George P. Bankart, an architect/craftsman and author, who had already written another book for them, to take on this task. George Percy Bankart was an architect highly influenced by the 'Arts and Crafts' movement, who had chosen to work as a decorative craftsman. The 'Arts and Crafts' was an English movement dedicated to the idea that architecture could be inspired by a revival of traditional building crafts and materials. It started in the second half of the 19th century, based on the writings of Ruskin and was driven by the ideas Morris, amongst many others; and carried on into the first quarter of the 20th century. Bankart was born in Leicester on the 20th January 1866, and was a great friend of Ernest W. Gimson, another Leicester born architect, just over a year his elder. Both men studied and became architects, and shared a creative passion for the handicrafts. Whilst Gimson's career included embroidery design, traditional chair-making and furniture design, as well as decorative modeled plasterwork, Bankart concentrated primarily on plasterwork. Their different activities were true to the ideas of the Arts and Crafts movement, and their designs reflect the movement's interest in a return to nature. Bankart's career as an author started with "The Art of The Plasterer", which was published by B. T. Batsford Ltd in 1909. He seems to have taken a break from writing until, together with his son G. Edward Bankart, he produced two books "Modern Plasterwork Construction" in 1926, followed in 1927 by "Modern Plasterwork Design", both published by the Architectural Press. Also in 1927 he was back with B. T. Batsford Ltd for the publication of this fourth and revised edition of 'Millar'.

Mr Millar was a Scottish plasterer active during the second half of the nineteenth century, the latter part of which was spent in and around London. He was descended from a large family of plasterers, and was able to draw upon first-hand knowledge and experience stretching back for generations. George Percy Bankart was an architect highly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, who had chosen to work as a decorative craftsman. He was born in Leicester on 20 January 1866 and his career as an author started in 1909, with the publication of The Art of The Plasterer (also available from Donhead Publishing).

Contents Editorial Preface Note of Acknowledgement A Prefatory Note Author's Preface Chapter 1: Plasterwork Generally - A Glimpse of its History, by G. T. Robinson, F.S.A. Prehistoric; in the dawn of history; in early Egypt; amongst the Greeks and their colonies; Roman work from the commencement to the decline of the empire; its oriental development; in the Middle Ages; in the Renaissance; its culmination in the sixteenth century; its decorative growth in France and England; under Francis 1 and Henry VIII; under the Stuart Dynasty; its decline under the Hanoverian Influence; its low condition at the end of last century; its hoped for revival Chapter 2: Eastern and Continental Plasterwork. Saracenic; Persian; Spanish and Moorish; Indian; Chinese; Italian; French; German; Austrian; Belgian; Russian. Chapter 3: Lime-Stucco Plasterwork (Stucco-duro) in Principle and Practice, by G. P. Bankart Chapter 4: Modern Plasterwork, by G. P. Bankart Chapter 5; Modelling and Design in Relief - as Specially Applicable to Plasterers' work, by G. P. Bankart Chapter 6: Tools and Appliances. Plasterers' tools, appliances, and plant; labourers' tools; scaffolding; the worshipful company of Plasterers; the plasterers' craft. Chapter 7: Materials. Plaster of Paris: manufacture, boiled plaster, baked plaster, quick and slow setting plaster, tests, chemical properties, setting qualities, colour, compressive and adhesive strength of French plaster; Limes: hydraulic, lias, chalklimes, rich versus short limes, Scotch limes, Irish limes, calcination, slaking and tests; Mortar: grinding coarse stuff, lime putty, protection of lime putty, setting stuff, haired putty setting, lime water; Hair: ox hair, fibrous and sawdust substitutes for hair: Sand: pit, river and sea sands; Masteric: Scotch and London mastics, mastic mouldings, Hamelein's mastic, mastic cement; stearate of Lime, pythoA" plaster. Chapter 8: Materials (Continued). Cements: Portland cement, super-cement, white, Portland cement, water-proofing cements, slag, Roman, Martin's, Keen's, Parian, Robinson; Selenitic: hydraulic cements and plasters, granite, sirapite; Lathing: expanded metals, Jhilmil, Bostwick, Johnson's, patent metal sheet lathing, patent reed lathing, slate laths, Hy-rib. Chapter 9: of Decorative Ceilings Generally: Solid Work. Panelled, figuredA" and ribbed ceilings; rib brackets and lathing; floating panelled ceilings; setting out panelled ceilings; panel mouldings; coffered ceilings; planted panel mouldings; setting ceilings; lime putty finish; hard finish; fine finish; cement finish; Portland cement ceilings; fibrous plaster ceilings; working plans of panelled ceilings; classic panelling. Chapter 10: Running Diminished and Circular Mouldings. Diminished columns; diminished floating rules; column trammel; constructing diminished plain columns; setting out flutes of diminished columns; constructing diminished fluted columns; forming diminished fluted columns by the rim and collar methods; diminished fluted pilasters; panelled coves; pressed screeds; diminished mouldings; double diminished mouldings; running double diminished mouldings; diminished rule method; top rule method; cupola panels and mouldings; panelled beams; trammel for elliptical mouldings; templates for elliptical mouldings; plasterer's oval; circular mouldings on circular surface; trammel centre. Chapter 11: Exterior Plastering and Sgraffito. Sgraffito or graffitoA"; fresco; buon fresco; fresco secco. Chapter 12: Model and Running Mould Making. To draw a truss; to make a model of a truss; hinged running moulds for diminished models; to make a keystone; to set out and make a Corinthian column capital; to make a pilaster capital; to make composite, Doric and Tuscan capitals; to set out and make Ionic capitals and entablature; to draw the Ionic Volute; centre flowers; cast enrichment mitres and abutments; running moulds; running moulds for enriched cornices; twin slippered mould; arch radius mould; hanging moulds;

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