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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Brooch

ca. 1912 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A brooch, ring and necklace by Reginald Pearson were given to the V&A by Katharine Chapman. They were probably commissioned from Reginald Pearson by his friend Arthur Morley Jones for Mary Houseman to whom he became engaged on 5 September 1912. They were married on 27 April 1915. Katharine Chapman was the daughter of this marriage.

Reginald Oswald Pearson (1887-1915), painter, engraver, jeweller, worker in stained glass and poet, a former student at the Royal College of Art, London, was reported missing on 16 June 1915 near Hooge while serving as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Lincolnshire Regiment, having joined up in August 1914 as part of the Artists' Rifles. His name is on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial although his body was never recovered. He is also commemorated in the 1922 student journal of the Royal College of Arts and on the memorial by Percy Metcalfe, now on the Stevens Building at the RCA.

His obituary, printed in the Arts and Crafts journal 'The Apple' in 1920 describes his love of craftsmanship and tradition, describing him as 'an independent mind, determined to take nothing on trust and above all to avoid all "modern" theoretical experimentalism'. This interest in past craftsmanship can be seen in the use of niello and cabochon stones, taken from the traditions of medieval jewellery.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold decorated with sapphire and moonstones
Brief Description
Gold brooch decorated with sapphire and moonstones, designed and made by Reginald Pearson, England, about 1912
Physical Description
Gold brooch decorated with sapphire and moonstones
Dimensions
  • Height: 4.2cm
  • Width: 2.9cm
  • Depth: 0.5cm
Style
Credit line
Given by Katherine Chapman
Object history
Reginald Oswald Pearson was listed as part of the Regular Battalion in the Lincolshire Regiment in the Regimental Roll of Honour of the Artists Rifles. He became one of the 2003 members of the Artists Rifles who died in the 1914-18 war. The Roll of Honour recorded that 'this moment, without frivolity, the fact that these boys, all of them, looked death straight in the face, laughing and smiling, and that the Artists earned at that time the sobriquet of 'The Suicide Club'.'



Arthur Morley Jones was the brother of the sculptor and medallist Sidney Langland Jones (1888-1948) who studied at the Royal College of Art with Reginald Pearson. Although Reginald Pearson volunteered for the Artists Rifles, Arthur Morley Jones applied for exemption as a conscientious objector and his brother Sidney Langland Jones appears to have done likewise. Conscientious objectors were placed under a great deal of legal and social pressure and it took courage to assert your religious or moral refusal to serve.
Subject depicted
Summary
A brooch, ring and necklace by Reginald Pearson were given to the V&A by Katharine Chapman. They were probably commissioned from Reginald Pearson by his friend Arthur Morley Jones for Mary Houseman to whom he became engaged on 5 September 1912. They were married on 27 April 1915. Katharine Chapman was the daughter of this marriage.



Reginald Oswald Pearson (1887-1915), painter, engraver, jeweller, worker in stained glass and poet, a former student at the Royal College of Art, London, was reported missing on 16 June 1915 near Hooge while serving as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Lincolnshire Regiment, having joined up in August 1914 as part of the Artists' Rifles. His name is on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial although his body was never recovered. He is also commemorated in the 1922 student journal of the Royal College of Arts and on the memorial by Percy Metcalfe, now on the Stevens Building at the RCA.



His obituary, printed in the Arts and Crafts journal 'The Apple' in 1920 describes his love of craftsmanship and tradition, describing him as 'an independent mind, determined to take nothing on trust and above all to avoid all "modern" theoretical experimentalism'. This interest in past craftsmanship can be seen in the use of niello and cabochon stones, taken from the traditions of medieval jewellery.

Collection
Accession Number
M.30-1995

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record createdJuly 27, 2006
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