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Early members of the Art-Workers Guild


17 People in artist grouping:

Motivated by a desire to promote 'unity of all the arts', the Guild was founded in Charing Cross Hotel to promote the highest standards of excellence in all the applied arts and break down the existing divisions between practitioners. The Guilds foundation in 1884 mirrored the widespread questioning and challenging of the status quo at the time in Victorian Britain. While William Morris was not a founding member, his conviction that art could play a key role in the improvement of people's lives was shared by the early members of the Guild. Two informal discussion groups, comprised of designers and architects, established the guild out of the need for a meeting place where contact between different artistic practices could take place. Early members included the musical instrument maker Arnold Dolmetsch, architect Ernest Newton and illustrator and garden designer Alfred William Parsons. Today, members are elected on proposals from existing members as they were in the 19th century and the guild is defined by a multiplicity of design skills and collaborative efforts.

Basil Champneys

Basil Champneys

1842-1935
Architect and author
Sitter in 1 portrait
Arnold Dolmetsch

Arnold Dolmetsch

1858-1940
Musician and historian of music
Sitter in 12 portraits
(Edward) Onslow Ford

(Edward) Onslow Ford

1852-1901
Sculptor
Sitter in 10 portraits | Artist associated with 8 portraits
William Morris

William Morris

1834-1896
Poet, craftsman and socialist
Sitter in 68 portraits
Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Bt

Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Bt

1836-1919
Painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter associated with 30 portraits | Artist associated with 4 portraits
Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham

1867-1939
Illustrator
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Richard Norman Shaw

Richard Norman Shaw

1831-1912
Architect
Sitter in 2 portraits
Hamo Thornycroft

Hamo Thornycroft

1850-1925
Sculptor; son of Thomas Thornycroft and Mary Thornycroft
Sitter in 16 portraits | Artist of 4 portraits
George Henry Boughton

George Henry Boughton

1833-1905
Painter and illustrator
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir Thomas Graham Jackson, 1st Bt

Sir Thomas Graham Jackson, 1st Bt

1835-1924
Architect
Sitter in 2 portraits
Ernest Newton

Ernest Newton

1856-1922
Architect
Sitter in 3 portraits
Alfred William Parsons

Alfred William Parsons

1847-1920
Landscape painter, illustrator and garden designer
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Arthur Beresford Pite

Arthur Beresford Pite

1861-1934
Architect
Sitter in 1 portrait
Frederick William Pomeroy

Frederick William Pomeroy

1856-1924
Sculptor
Sitter in 2 portraits
Edward Schroder Prior

Edward Schroder Prior

1852-1932
Architect and writer on architecture
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir William Blake Richmond

Sir William Blake Richmond

1842-1921
Painter; son of George Richmond
Sitter in 16 portraits | Artist associated with 18 portraits
Sir Ernest Albert Waterlow

Sir Ernest Albert Waterlow

1850-1919
Landscape and animal painter
Sitter in 6 portraits