Although trained initially as a carver and later as an architect Talbert became best known as a decorator and furniture designer. He ran a prolific design studio employing numerous pupils and buying in work from freelance designers. His textile designs were produced by Warner's, Templeton's, Cowlishaw, Nichol & Co. and Barbour & Miller and carpets by Templeton's and Brinton & Co. His two publications, Gothic Forms 1867 and the posthumously published Fashionable Furniture, 1881, ably reflect changing fashions of the late 19th century. [Arts & Crafts Textiles in Britain.]
Arts & Crafts Textiles in Britain. Exhibition Catalogue. The Fine Art Society in Association with Francesca Galloway, nd.
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