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Design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca 1860s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Newman, Charlotte Isabella (designed)
    Firm of John Brogden (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawing in pencil and watercolour and crayon on card.

  • Museum number:

    E.2:1298-1986

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 16

This design for an earring with four round rose quartz gemstones and three drop-shaped rose quartz gemstone pendants.by Charlotte Isabella Newman is from an album of designs produced for the firm of John Brogden (1864-1884). This album contains 1,593 designs for jewellery and goldsmith's work, mainly in colour and dating between 1848 and 1884.

The design demonstrates the resourcefulness which made Newman indispensable to Brogden and also later led her to become the first woman artist-jeweller in late Victorian London. Newman trained at the Government Art School in South Kensington before joining the Brogden firm as a designer, probably in the mid-1860s.

The firm was founded by John Brogden the elder in about 1796.
From about 1824 to 1831 it was styled 'Brogden & Garland' and thereafter until 1841 'Garland & Watherston'. The younger Brogden, the son of Thomas Brogden and presumably a relative of the founder, served an apprenticeship to J.W. Garland as a goldsmith and jeweller from 1834 to 1841. Following Garland's departure, the remaining partner, J. H. Watherston, removed the firm to new premises at the 16 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden and in 1848 joined forces with the younger Brogden.

Physical description

Design for an earring with four round rose quartz gemstones and three drop-shaped rose quartz gemstone pendants.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca 1860s (made)

Artist/maker

Newman, Charlotte Isabella (designed)
Firm of John Brogden (made)

Materials and Techniques

Drawing in pencil and watercolour and crayon on card.

Marks and inscriptions

'£45:-'
Handwritten in ink on the front, lower left hand side.

Dimensions

Height: 6.4 cm, Width: 11.4 cm

Descriptive line

Design for an earring by Charlotte Isabella Newman, 1860s.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fine Jewels and jewels for the collector. London: Sotheby's, 1985, Dec.5, Lot 411.

Production Note

Attribution note: Charlotte Isabella Newman worked for the firm of John Brogden (1864-1884). She was also known as Mrs. Philip Newman and was the most important designer to be associated with Brogden from the mid-1860s until 1884.

Subjects depicted

Rose quartz; Earring; Gold; Gemstones

Categories

Jewellery; Designs

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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