Ernest Gimson and the Inspiration of William Morris

Join us for this fascinating lecture by Mary Greensted at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10 at the Grolier Club. Mary Greensted’s talk will examine the influence of William Morris, father-figure of the Arts and Crafts movement, on the ideas and work of one of the most important British designers of the turn-of-the-century, Ernest Gimson. The direct impact on Gimson’s furniture, metalwork, embroideries, plasterwork and architecture will be discussed.

Our speaker, Mary Greensted, is a curator, lecturer, and writer, who was for many years responsible for Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum’s significant Arts and Crafts collection. A trustee of the Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden, and the chairperson of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, she is the author of numerous books, including Craft and Design: Ernest Gimson and the Arts and Crafts Movement and The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds, along with three catalogues on Cheltenham’s Arts and Crafts collections (as joint author/editor). Her most recent publication was An Anthology of the Arts and Crafts Movement, published by Lund Humphries in 2005. She is currently a recipient of Birmingham University’s Leventis studentship for researching links between Greece and the Arts and Crafts movement.

This lecture is the latest in the ongoing collaboration between the William Morris Society in the United States, the American Friends of Arts and Crafts in Chipping Campden, the Grolier Club, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, and the Victorian Society in America.

As always, members of the Stickley Museum and other sponsoring organizations are offered reduced rate tickets. $12 for members; $18 for others. To order send a check to William Morris Society, P.O. Box 53263, Washington, DC 2009 or pay by credit card at The Grolier Club is located at 47 East 60th Street, New York, NY.

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