Ella and Charles Naper: Art and Life at Lamorna


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John Branfield

Through their close friendships, Ella and Charles Naper helped define the Lamorna art colony in its heyday.  Ella had learned handicrafts at the Camberwell School of Arts, in the tradition of C R Ashbee.  She joined Frederick Partridge’s jewellery workshop at Branscombe in South Devon, where she developed and refined her feel for art nouveau.

She married a young architect and painter, Charles Naper. They moved to Lamorna, becoming part of the Samuel J Birch circle.  Charles was an accomplished landscape painter, later concentrating on the geometry of cliffs and rock formations.  Ella set up the Lamorna Pottery with Kate Westrup, producing beautifully modelled ceramic figures.  But the enduring artistic legacy is Ella’s elegant jewellery, today highly regarded by connoisseurs and collectors.

ISBN 978-1-904537-04-5
270 x 210mm
112 pages
many colour and black & white illustrations