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Newlyn Copper

Newlyn Copper a class of arts and crafts copperware originating in Newlyn in Cornwall.


Late in the 19th century the fishing industry in Cornwall was becoming more and more an unreliable as a source of income. Bad weather and seasonal fluctuations also brought enforced periods of inactivity. It was decided that an alternative means of employment could be gained by training the unemployed fishermen to produce items in copper. After some early experiments, the Class specialized in repoussé copper work and produced a wide range of domestic and decorative items.

John Drew Mackenzie, an artist who settled at Newlyn was a key figure in setting up the Newlyn Industrial Class, assisted by the benefactor and local M.P., Thomas Bedford Bolitho, and artists Reginald Dick, T.C.Gotch, Perry Craft, John Pearson.

Other known artists who produced work in the Newlyn style included: Phillip Hodder, William P. Wright, William Pezzack, Tom Batten, John Payne Cotton, Herbert Dyer, Obed Nicholls, John Curnow, John Edgar Laity, George Mildren, Joe Pengelly, William Tonkin.

The full range of objects produced by the class including trays, mirror and photograph frames, chambersticks, plates and chargers, boxes, bowls and coffee pots. Designs typically featured fish, ships and nautical themes.

A permanent collection, representing much of the work of the original Newlyn School, is on view at the Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance. Newlyn Copper is now highly valued by collectors.

Further reading

Arts and Crafts in Newlyn 1890-1930, ISBN 0-9506579-5-6 by Hazel Berriman.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Newlyn_Copper". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
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