Three years ago today we launched the Minton Archive website with a selection of newly-digitised records and images; a year later we celebrated our first “anniversary” with a 1000 image update and the year after that we unveiled our browsable volumes. This year, spurred on by our involvement with The Democratic Dish: Mintons Secessionist Ware at Chelsea Space, we’re making seven John Wadsworth sketch books available online…
John William Wadsworth joined Minton in 1901 as Assistant Art Director under the Art Directorship of Léon Victor Solon, subsequently becoming Art Director when Solon left Minton in 1905. In 1915 he too left, working as Art Director for the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company before returning to Minton in 1935 until his death in 1955.
Our collection of sketch books, originally presented to the Minton Museum by his daughter-in-law Zillah Wadsworth, begin with references to Wadsworth’s time at Macclesfield School of Art and his subsequent National Scholarship at the Royal College of Art; the later volumes contain designs for ceramic pieces as well as more general sketches of people, places, and things.
In this blog post we’re highlighting SD 1705/MS4287 and SD 1705/MS4288 so that you can easily browse the two sketch books on display in the Democratic Dish exhibition, but you can find each browsable volume via their individual catalogue record too. Click the link below to open the catalogue entry for the sketch book series, then choose the “Browse by Hierarchy” tab to see the list of books available.