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The Studio: An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art
Cover by Aubrey Beardsley for the first issue of The Studio
Categories Fine arts, decorative arts
  • Offices of The Studio
  • "The Studio" Ltd.
FounderCharles Holme
Year founded1893
First issueApril 1893 (1893-April)
Final issue
May 1964
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon
ISSN 0963-5092
Poster by Leon-Victor Solon advertising The Studio. Leon Solon The Studio.jpg
Poster by Léon-Victor Solon advertising The Studio.

The Studio: An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art was an illustrated fine arts and decorative arts magazine published in London from 1893 until 1964. The founder and first editor was Charles Holme. The magazine exerted a major influence on the development of the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements. [1] :15 It was absorbed into Studio International magazine in 1964.



The Studio was founded by Charles Holme in 1893. [2] :145 Holme was in the wool and silk trades, had travelled extensively in Europe and had visited Japan and the United States with Lasenby Liberty and his wife Emma. [2] :145 During his travels, [3] [4]

... the idea of an art magazine crystallised around his recurring observation that the chief barrier between countries was language, and his belief that the more the culture of one part of the world could be brought "visually" to the attention of another, the greater the chance of international understanding and peace.

Holme retired from trade in order to start The Studio. [2] :145


The first edition was published in April 1893 with Joseph Gleeson White as editor. [5] [6] In 1895 Holme took over as editor himself, although Gleeson White continued to contribute. Holme retired as editor in 1919 for reasons of health, and was succeeded by his son Charles Geoffrey Holme, who was already the editor of special numbers and year-books of the magazine. [7]

In keeping with Holme's original concept, the magazine was international in scope. It promoted the work of "New Art" artists, designers and architects—it played a major part in introducing the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Charles Voysey to a wide audience—and it was especially influential in Europe. [8] :9

In 1894 and then from 1896 on, special numbers of the magazine were also published, normally three times a year. These carried various titles; 117 of them were issued between 1894 and 1940. [9]

From 1906 onwards The Studio published an annual, The Studio Year-Book of Decorative Art, which dealt with architecture, interior design and design of furniture, lighting, glassware, textiles, metalwork and ceramics. These annuals promoted Modernism in the 1920s, and later the Good Design movement. [8] :9

The last edition was published in May 1964 after which the magazine was absorbed into Studio International.

French and American editions

A French edition was published in Paris, differing from the English one only in that the spine and parts of the cover were printed in French, and there was an insert consisting of a French translation of the article text and some French advertisements.

The American edition was titled The International Studio. It had its own editorial staff, and the content was different from that of the English edition, although many articles from that were reprinted. It was published in New York by John Lane & Company from May 1897 until 1921, and by International Studio, Inc., from 1922 until publication ceased in 1931.

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