Decorative Art: Arts and Craft Movement

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The decorative art collection consists of metalwork from Keswick School of Industrial Arts.

This collection of metalwork from the Keswick School of Industrial Arts (KSIA), founded by Edith Rawnsley and Canon H.D. Rawnsley in 1884, includes some early pieces of repoussé and chased copper articles. Named artists include W.H. Mawson and Edith Maryon.

The KSIA was originally set up to address the lack of opportunities for the mining population of Keswick. The Rawnsleys wanted to increase the welfare of workers by providing arts and crafts training for free in the evenings to anyone who wanted it. They were inspired by Ruskin’s ideology: “There is no wealth but life”. In an increasingly industrial world, the KSIA offered nature and craft as an escape.

Our collection includes KSIA fixtures and fittings in the building itself, the bust of the Lake Poet Hugh Walpole by Epstein, a portrait of Hardwicke Rawnsley in bronze relief by Edith Maryon, various sporting trophies and shields, and the later stainless steel commemorative ware of the KSIA. We also have the Goldscope Cup, a fine piece of silversmithing using locally sourced silver.

The decorative art collection contains around 80 items. Book a private viewing of our behind the scenes collection here.

Click here to find out more about our exhibitions on the Arts and Crafts movement in Keswick.

Examples of Decorative Art