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  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    ca 1860's

  • Artist/Maker:

    Firm of John Brogden

  • Materials and Techniques:

    drawing in pencil and watercolour on card

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 15

These designs for rings are from an album of designs produced for the firm of John Brogden (1864-1884).

The album contains 1,593 designs for jewellery and goldsmith's work, mainly in colour and dating between 1848 and 1884. Designs such as these demonstrate the diversity of the jewellery produced by the Brogden firm.

The firm was founded by John Brogden the elder in about 1796. From about 1824 to 1831 it was styled 'Brogden and Garland' and thereafter until 1841 'Garland and 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 16 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden and in 1848 joined forces with the younger Brogden.

Physical description

Rectangular card with pencil and watercolour drawings depicting designs for three memorial rings with gold inscriptions that read: 'In memory of'. The first design depicts a tapered black and gold band with gold inscriptions. At the centre sits a rectangular-shaped ornament with a pearl outline. The second and third designs depict black bands with gold inscriptions. At the centre sit vertically positioned, oval-shaped ornaments outlined in pearl.

Place of Origin



ca 1860's


Firm of John Brogden

Materials and Techniques

drawing in pencil and watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

Ink annotations numbering the designs 4, 5 and 6 are written to the left-hand side of each design. There are also ink annotations above each design. The first one reads: 'About £4/-/-'; the second and third read: 'About £5/-/-'.


Height: 12 cm, Width: 7 cm

Descriptive line

Design for jewellery, by the firm of John Brogden, about 1860


Pencil; Watercolour; Card


Painting; Drawing

Subjects depicted

Enamel; Ring; Gold; Jewellery; Pearl; Memorial


Designs; Jewellery

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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