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					    Plastering Plain and Decorative
                              Fourth Edition
                William Millar and George P. Bankart
                      Plastering Plain and Decorative has long been regarded as
                      one of the most useful sources of information for anyone
                      working in the field of decorative plastering. But until now only
                      the extensively detailed first edition from 1897 has been
                      available from Donhead.
                       This fourth edition was substantially rewritten and revised by
                       George Bankart in 1927. As well as introducing four
                       completely new chapters (on lime-stucco, modern plasterwork,
                       modelling in relief and exterior plastering and sgraffito), others
                       were considerably updated with new information, whilst some
were excluded. This volume is consequently shorter and very different from the
original. But as a result of Bankart’s involvement it has become more accessible
for a professional readership and no longer chiefly the province of the craftsman
plasterer. The professional plasterer may still want to own and use the
original 'Millar' but for others
this fourth edition offers exactly Contents: New Introduction by Jeff Orton and Tim
the right balance of scholarship Ratcliffe ● Preface ● A Prefatory Note ● Author’s
and practical expertise.             Preface ● Plasterwork Generally – A Glimpse of its
                                      History, by G. T. Robinson ● Eastern and
Bankart was an architect highly       Continental Plasterwork ● Lime-Stucco
influenced by the Arts and Crafts     Plasterwork (Stucco-duro) in Principle and
movement, and his own interest        Practice, by G. P. Bankart ● Modern Plasterwork,
in the history and development        by G. P. Bankart ● Modelling and Design in Relief
of plastering is clearly visible in   – as Specially Applicable to Plasterers’ work, by
this book, greatly widening its       G. P. Bankart ● Tools and Appliances ● Materials
appeal and range. Bankart’s           ● Materials (Continued) ● of Decorative Ceilings
perspective, as the author of The     Generally: Solid Work ● Running Diminished and
                                      Circular Mouldings ● Exterior Plastering and
Art of the Plasterer (1908, also
                                      Sgraffito ● Model and Running Mould Making ●
available from Donhead) was           Moulding and Castings ● Gelatine Moulding ●
very different from the highly        Fibrous Plasterwork ● “Reverse” Moulding ●
practical Millar, and the resulting   Compositions ● Compositions (continued) ●
combination of views makes this       Plasterers’ Memoranda, Quantities, Weights and
a fascinating and useful read for     Recipes ● Appendix: Notes on some recent
everyone working in                   developments in American Plastering ● Index to
conservation.                         Text ● Index to Illustrations

 March 2009      496 pages     Hardback      978 1 873394 87 8       £65.00     $130.00
                    Plastering Plain and Decorative
                                           Fourth Edition
 Extracts from the Introduction to the new edition by Jeff Orton and Tim Ratcliffe
   ‘William Millar’s classic book Plastering Plain and Decorative is universally referred
   to as the 'Plasterer's Bible'. It was first published in 1897 and was clearly a great
   success. In 1927, after Millar had died, the publishers decided that it was time to
   produce an updated edition, so they asked George P. Bankart, an architect/
   craftsman and author, who had already written another book on plasterwork for
   them, to take on this task.’
   ‘As one reads on, it becomes clear that, while still retaining much of Millar's text
   and illustrations without alteration, Bankart has inserted sections into the original
   chapters to make them more contemporary. He assumes less background knowl-
   edge from his readers and adds further explanation where he believes it will help
   plasterers and others who want to understand the mechanics of plastering.’

   ‘Knowing that alternative, and sometimes novel, materials were used in decorative
   plasterwork from the latter part of the eighteenth century onwards is important. If,
   for example, decorative features have been formed using a glue binder they may
   be more susceptible to damp than plaster (and even become ‘soggy’ to the touch),
   but may simply solidify again once the ceiling or wall dries out. Unfortunately if the
   glue stays damp too long, it may encourage or sustain mould growth.’
   The full introduction can be read on our website,

       March 2009        496 pages        Hardback       978 1 873394 87 8             £65.00    $130.00
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