Daryl Bennett and Colin Pill
This is the first major study of the Newlyn Industrial Class, a small but very important part of the Arts & Crafts Movement in Victorian Britain. Established in Cornwall in the 1890s with help from the Home Arts Industries Association and local artists, and teaching from John Pearson of the Guild of Handicraft, the Newlyn Class was started largely as a philanthropic gesture. Aimed at improving the quality of life for the young men of this small fishing village, it represented an almost unique partnership between artist and craftsman.
The copperwork produced at Newlyn – now highly collectable – was in the fashionable ‘artistic’ style drawing on medieval imagery and honest construction ‘by hammer and by hand’. The decoration of Newlyn work, with repoussé designs of sea creatures, sea birds and scenes from the fishing village, shows the consistent influence of artist/designer John Mackenzie who gave the work its character and visual appeal.
270 x 210mm
250 colour illustrations and many in black & white