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 Canon H.D. & Edith Rawnsley in 1884, includes some early pieces of repoussé and chased copper articles. Named artists include W.H. Mawson and Edith Maryon.

KSIA was originally set up to address the lack of opportunities for the mining population of Keswick. Canon Rawnsley and his wife, sort to increase the welfare of miners by providing arts and crafts training for free of an evening to any man who wanted it, in part because of  Ruskin’s ideology  “There is no wealth but life”. In an ever growing industrial world, KSIA made nature and handicraft relevant again.

Our collection includes, but not limited to: KSIA fixtures and fittings in the building itself, the bust of the Lake Poet Hugh Walpole by Epstein, a fine portrait of Rawnsley in bronze relief by Edith Maryon, various sporting trophies and shields and the later stainless steel commemorative ware of KSIA. We also have the Goldscope Cup, a fine piece of silversmithing, with locally sourced silver.

The decorative art collection has circa 80 items. Booking a private viewing of our behind the scenes collection by clicking here .

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

Examples of Decorative Art

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