Date(s) - 10th Feb 2020
Omar Ramsden, Arts and Crafts silversmith, achieved renown in his lifetime, and his reputation for excellence in design and craftsmanship remains high. Occasionally an example of his work comes to a television antiques show today, evoking particular interest and a premium valuation because of his name. There are several examples of his work in The Wilson.
In spite of the many admirers and collectors of his work, until recently very little was known about the lives of either Omar or his friend and colleague of over thirty years, Alwyn Carr. They had met at the School of Art in their home city of Sheffield, moved to London and set up in business together in very modest circumstances. The partnership became successful and lasted for twenty years; it ended in 1919, on Carr’s return from World War 1, and Omar’s friendship with the Downs Butcher family.
On unexpectedly discovering a family connection to Ramsden, our speaker Helen Ashton began to look deeper into his history. There was almost no published information about his life and much of the little there was proved to be inaccurate. Beginning with information from family members, her interest developed into a fascinating obsession and three years of research, culminating in her book, In Search of Ramsden and Carr, published in 2018.
Time: Coffee from 10:30. Speaker: 11:00-12:00. Cost: £10.
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