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Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell

(1892-1980), Designer

Sitter in 5 portraits
Going to school in Chipping Camden, he was influenced by C.R. Ashbee and the Arts and Crafts movement, with its emphasis on tradition and good design. The cause of good design and standards of manufacture in an age of mass production became a personal mission, and his name became synonymous during the Second War with 'Utility Furniture'; furniture which was well designed, affordable and mass-produced. He held the chair for the Board of Trade Committee on Design from 1943 until 1947, when he became Director of the Council of Industrial Design, where he promoted the launch of the Design Centre, Haymarket in 1959. He became the first chairman of the Crafts Council.

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Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell, by Carel Weight - NPG 6585

Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell

by Carel Weight
oil on canvas, circa 1967
NPG 6585

Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x99715

Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 20 September 1950
NPG x99715

Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell, by Lewis Morley - NPG x88812

Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell

by Lewis Morley
resin print, 1961
NPG x88812

Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165966

Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 18 August 1969
NPG x165966


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