The Good Life: Gimson and the Barnsleys – inventing the Cotswold style,

Monday, June 17, 2019 (All day)

Time:      10:30 for 10.45 – 3:30
Venue:     Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury WC1N 3AT
Tutor:      Anne Anderson
Cost:       £36 (including coffee but excluding lunch      
The course of Ernest Gimson’s (1864-1919) life was changed in January 1884 after hearing William Morris’ lecture ‘Art and Socialism’ at the Secular Hall, Leicester, Gimson was determined to become an architect. With Morris’ aid he was articled to John Dando Sedding; Ernest Barnsley was also studying with Sedding, while his brother Sydney was articled to Richard Norman Shaw.  The three men became devotees of Philip Webb, architect of Morris’ Red House, who promoted traditional building practices and the use of local materials and techniques.  Desiring to ‘live close to nature’, Gimson and the Barnsleys found Pinbury Park, near Cirencester.  In 1900, Gimson and Ernest Barnsley set up a small furniture workshop in Cirencester, moving to larger premises at Daneway House, Sapperton, an idyllic medieval manor house. Although their partnership soon dissolved, Gimson and his skilled cabinet makers established a ‘Cotswold style’.  Sydney Barnsley designed and made his own furniture. Dying prematurely in 1926, his work at Cotswold Farm was completed by Norman Jewson who had married Mary Barnsley, Ernest’s daughter