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This lecture looks at the first ten years of the new Garden City of Letchworth, in Hertfordshire, and shows that it attracted an unusually large number of architects, artists and designers, in search of the ‘Simple Life’.

After a brief introduction tracing the history of the world’s first Garden City, It looks in more detail at the artistic life of the town, and its importance to the founding residents. It will show examples of work by a range of architects, artists and craft workers, including woodworker Stanley Parker (brother of architect Barry Parker); lustre pottery by architect W H Cowlishaw; textiles by Edmund Hunter of the St Edmundsbury Weavers; sculpture by Onslow Whiting; paintings by the Camden Town artists William Ratcliffe, Spencer Gore and Harold Gilman; and advertising by Percy Gossop (first British art director of Vogue).

ARTS AND CRAFTS SERIES — Ros Allwood : ‘Innate Bohemians All’; Arts & Crafts in the early Garden City

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Event Type(s) Talks & Debates
Admission / Cost FREE


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