Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony

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Byrdcliffe is a colony founded as a center for artists and craftsmen in Woodstock. New York, in 1902-1903. It was started by Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, a wealthy British disciple of John Ruskin and William Morris, who determined to make his mentors' visions of a communal arts and crafts colony a reality. In 1902 he bought twelve hundred acres on a mountainside overlooking the town. With the aid of artist-colleagues, including his wife, Jane Byrd McCall; Hervey White, a writer; and Bolton Brown, an artist; he erected thirty ...

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