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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 16

These designs for two brooches 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 & 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

Rectangular card with pencil and watercolour drawings depicting designs for two gold brooches in the Renaissance style. The brooches are ornamented with blue stones inset in the body of the brooch and the hanging pendants.

Place of Origin



ca 1860's


Firm of John Brogden

Materials and Techniques

Drawing in pencil and watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

Labelled no.1 and no.2 in pencil


Height: 12 cm, Width: 14.5 cm

Descriptive line

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


Pencil; Watercolour; Card


Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Gold; Jewellery; Renaissance; Brooch; Gemstones


Designs; Jewellery

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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