- Also known as
primary name: Dresser, Christopher
- individual; designer; British; English; Male
- Life dates
- He was a nineteenth century designer who saw himself more as a tradesman with an understanding of industrial production embracing new technologies for a mass market. In 1847 at the age of only thirteen he was sent to the Government School of Design in London which had been set up ten years earlier in Somerset house to meet the challenges of Continental competition. He studied at the school for the next seven years and won awards for his designs but his main interest was botany and after his graduation he was appointed lecturer in botany at the Metropolitan School in Gower Street. The next year he became botany lecturer at the School of Design where he stayed until 1869. He exhibited ceramic designs for Minton and Wedgwood and cast iron for Coalbrookdale at the 1868 Paris Exposition.He also designed interiors, carpets, wallpaper and metalwork. He wrote extensively on design and spent time in Japan and the U.S. where he lectured on design as well as studying manufacturing processes. He died in 1904 while on a business trip to France.
- C. Dresser, 'Principles of Decorative Design', London 1873
M. Collins, 'Christopher Dresser 1834-1904. exhibition catalogue, Camden Arts Centre and Dorman Museum, Middlesborough' London 1979
R. Joppien, 'Christopher Dresser, ein Victorianische Designer', exhibition catalogue, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Cologne 1981
W. Halen, 'Christopher Dresser', Oxford 1990
R. Dennis and J. Jesse, 'Christopher Dresser 1834-1904', exhibition catalogue, Fine Art Society, London 1972
N. Pevsner, 'Minor Masters of the XIXth Century: Christopher Dresser, Industrial Designer', Architectural Review 1937,
M. Whiteway (ed), 'Christpher Dresser, A Design Revolution', London 2004.