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The first style of the Victorian era expounded by A Welby Pugin and famously in the House of Parliament and many Cathedrals and great churches. As the century wore on so the Gothic style was adapted and incoporated with more modern styles and it found expression in arts & crafts movement style and art nouveau.

 

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Gothic is the first predominent 'new' style of the victorian era following on from the classicism of the Georgian era, it is based on ancient design and as such is the prelude to the medieval inspired designs that Wm Morris popularised. Its influence never waned appearing in modern designs through the victorian era and in to edwardian times. The style as it developed became more complex and integrated with other modern design themes and manufacturing techniques. The essential elements of the style such as trefoils, quatrefoils, fleur-de-lys and acanthus in their simplicity as represented on the earliest Minton & Co encaustic tiles are readily recognised and whilst these were suited to an architectural scale where each element is but a small part of a greater design in a smaller scale more elements are incorporated into the design. Gothic design is often mostly associated with stonework where given the consistent colour of the material high relief carving was used to create lighting effects, high relief is similarly used on single colour tiles. Tile makers reproduced Gothic styles in new techniques, Mintons China works often reissued patterns originally made as the more complex encaustic tiles in lead glaze majolica and Godwins of Hereford incorporated strong Gothic elements in their most modern designs.

 

 
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