Description: This is a monumental work, the result of exhaustive research by the authors, here in the U.K. and in France. The whole is enhanced and enriched by a wealth of oral tradition (traceable to, among others, Philip's father John W.Wadsworth) and Philip's own technical expertise and appreciation of Minton wares, and of the people who designed and made them. There are 10 chapters (vide infra) plus appendices and bibliography; Arnold Mountford, Curator of Stoke-on-Trent Museum, was to have written a foreword; and an index is advertised but not present. In all, the text alone amounts to 42,470 words on 244 pages. The contents are listed as follows Table of Contents. List of Coloured and Monochrome Illustrations. Foreword. Acknowledgements. Ch. 1: Thomas Minton - Birth and Early Life. Ch. 2: Foundation of the Firm - Early Wares. Ch. 5: Herbert Minton - Minton & Boyle - Herbert Minton and the Tile Industry. Ch. 4: Summerly's Art Manufactures - Parian - The Great Exhibition - Léon Arnoux -Exhibitions in New York (1853) and Paris (1855). Ch. 5: Colin Minton Campbell -London Exhibition (1862) - The Acid Gold Process - Arnoux's Turquoise. Ch. 6: Paris Exhibition (1867) -The Kensington Studio - Mintons Patent Oven. Ch. 7 : Mintons, Minton & Co. , Minton Hollins. Ch. 8: French Artists at Mintons - pâte-sur-pâte - London Exhibition (1871) - Vienna Exhibition (1873) - Philadelphia Centenary Exhibition (1876). Ch. 9: Art Nouveau, Art Deco and the Post-War Years.. Ch. 10; Minton Artists. Marks. Appendix. Bibliography. Index. In addition, there is a synopsis in typescript* a brief biographical sketch of Philip Wadsworth in ms. by Z.W. [Zillah Wadsworth] part of a draft letter to Messrs. Faber in P.W. 's [Philip Wadsworth] hand; and a letter from Z.W. [Zillah Wadsworth]to the cataloguer, dated 23 March 1992, covering the despatch of this work to him.
This item was presented to the Minton Museum for inclusion in the Minton Archive by Mrs. Zillah Wadsworth.