Craftsmen

Craftsmen

Design for a chalice

Design for a chalice
G.F. Bodley
Ink, by Frank Theodore, 1910, after a lost drawing by G.F. Bodley
Victoria and Albert Museum 

From the late 1860s onwards, Bodley and Garner began to make use of a small team of craftsmen whom they trusted to execute their designs with total fidelity, whether for stone carving, painting or silver. From 1869 virtually all their commissions for stained glass were given to a new firm, Burlison and Grylls. In 1874, with George Scott Jr, Bodley and Garner founded Watts & Co to make textiles, wallpapers and furniture to their designs. It was a rival to Morris & Co., but, unlike Morris's firm, Watts still flourishes.


 
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