Thursday, 11 August 2011

Y is for Yattendon

To continue my alphabet of British Arts and Crafts metalware - Y is for Yattendon.

The Yattendon Class was a metalwork class for local men and boys which flourished from c1890 until c1914. It was established by a Elizabeth Waterhouse the wife of the architect Alfred Price Waterhouse (Natural History Museum) and based at the Manor of Yattendon in Berkshire. The designs were by Mrs Waterhouse and other members of the family. I can't established who the metalwork tutor was, although the name John Williams is often quoted.

They were affiliated to Home Arts and Industries Association and regularly exhibited at the annual show at the Albert Hall. Items were also retailed by Liberty & Co.

Internet references include;

http://www.reading.ac.uk/special-collections/collections/sc-waterhouse.aspx

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