Anniversary Update: The Dresser Folio

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Minton Archive website’s launch, which means it’s time for an extra-special catalogue update. Previously we’ve celebrated the occasion by crossing the 1000 image threshold, by making some early volumes available online, and by digitising a number of Wadsworth sketchbooks for a special exhibition. This year we’re making sure our long-running “Truth, Beauty, Power” series goes out with a bang!

As of today you can view every original artwork in the Christopher Dresser folio online, brought together in two fully interactive, zoomable resources. Simply choose the new “Interactive” tab (which takes over from our previous “Book Reader” tab) in the record views of SD 1705/MS6000 and SD 1705/MS6000/1 to explore the rich details of these beautiful artworks – 109 and 16 items respectively – in an easy to navigate grid layout.

We’ve also created another view just for today’s celebratory blog post where all 125 artworks are displayed together. We’ve roughly grouped them by their style, subject, or intended use and we’ve also maintained their relative sizes rather than standardise them as in the record views. We like to imagine this is what the Dresser folio would look like if it were spread out on a table… though you’d have to find one large enough to hold it all first!

Zoom in and out with your mouse’s scroll wheel or by using the on-screen controls. Click and drag the image to move it around. On touch-enabled devices drag the image with your finger and pinch to zoom.

It’s been quite a task to digitise every item from the Dresser folio but, to be truthful, when each item is as beautiful as the last it’s easy to keep powering through to get the job done (See what we did there?!). We hope you enjoy exploring these designs as much as we did bringing this latest update to fruition – as with previous updates there may be a few blips as these new additions settle in to life on the site, so do bear with any early niggles.