Pairing Up, Part 1: Inspiration, Artwork, and Process

Having a good memory is of great benefit when navigating Minton’s Art & Design folios – many times we’ve come across pieces of artwork that are visually very similar to other material we’ve seen before. Often it’s a case of skipping back through the current folio to find that matching pencil sketch or series of designs in the same style, but on occasion it’s meant dredging our long-term memories to remind ourselves of folios we’ve looked at days or weeks before. In this first post of a three part series we wanted to show how connections like this can even stretch beyond the boundaries of the Art & Design folios altogether…

SD 1705/MS1977 comprises an artwork series of various picturesque locations in England, Scotland and Ireland which we selected for digitisation whilst working within in the folios. Some time later we decided to look at the contents of SD 1705/MS3395-3396 from the Crest, Badges & Marks section of the catalogue as it contained a wide selection of transfer pulls – prints on a special tissue paper which were used to transfer designs from copper printing plates to the ware. Amazingly, nestled amongst the advertising ware, crests and wartime signs we found two pulls which matched views from MS1977’s artwork series and, whilst the pulls are slightly smaller than the originals, in all other respects they match up almost perfectly!

So far we’ve seen how connections can be made across the Minton company catalogue between the original artwork and the pulls used in the production process… but what about the inspiration also mentioned in the title? Well, we know the original artworks were of views found in Lynmouth and Clovelly, and with that information we can stretch these connections way beyond the boundaries of The Minton Archive itself. In fact, with a bit of magic courtesy of Google Streetview we can even explore the places that inspired these artworks without leaving our chairs. We won’t perhaps get the full experience – sea breezes and ice creams don’t travel too well over the internet – but it’s great to see the real places behind these beautiful drawings.

Lynmouth

Clovelly

Why not try searching for the other locations drawn in SD 1705/MS1977 to see what you can find?