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Edward Jenner/ Machine Age

Edward Jenner

Edward Jenner was born in Berkeley, Gloucestershire on 17 May 1749, the son of the local vicar. At the age of 14, he was apprenticed to a local surgeon and then trained in London. In 1772, he returned to Berkeley and spent most the rest of his career as a doctor in his native town.

Machine Age

One ambition evident in the Machine Age was to close the breach that had opened early in the industrial era between the fine arts and the crafts. In the utilitarian arts - in objects such as Erik Magnussen's ''Cubic'' coffee set, the pure half-circle line of Donald Deskey's metallic table lamp, and the photographs of Albert Kahn's factories or the design for Holabird and Root's Texaco service station - we feel the freshness of discovery and invention, the presence of a social vision that values design as an aid to good living. This vision did not grow out of manifestoes but from the work itself, and it was based on what were deemed machine virtues -honesty of statement, logical solution to problems, uncluttered directness of design and composition. But we would be missing the center of gravity of the work of what might be called the period's technical modernists if we neglected the utopian dimension of their work.