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The Pre-Raphaelites

In the mid-1800's a group of artists and poets, including Rossetti, Holman Hunt and Millais, founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, with their initial publication, The Germ. These artists desired to free themselves from the restrictions and mechanizations of the incipient Industrial Revolution.

Later, William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and others were to decry the current state of the art world with their slogan, "Art For Art's Sake" and ushered in a golden era of revitalization in book design in Great Britain. The movement quickly spread abroad and reached every aspect of artistic expression including architecture, furniture, metalwork, tapestry, ceramics, wallpaper design, and much more. It can be accurately stated that the books published from 1850-1900, replete with the art of the Pre-Raphaelites and their successors, are among the greatest ever produced.

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