Benjamin Creswick (1853 - 1946)

Ornamental Plaque (c.1886)

Benjamin Creswick (1853 - 1946)

Identical figures appear on the settle designed by Mackmurdo and made by Collinson & Locke c. 1886 now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The settle, which has Herbert Horne's 'Angel with the Trumpet' textile used for upholstered cushions and curtains, was almost certainly made for Pownall Hall, Cheshire which was largely decorated by the Century Guild. Benjamin Creswick was supposedly responsible for the brass work reliefs which appear in the upper cornice.

This plaque has small attachments above and below the main scene which are pierced with holes for fixing the piece, and suggest that it may originally have been intended for attachment to furniture. Another small rectangular plaque of the same subject is now in the Colchester & Essex Museum (brass 13.5 x 7 cm), presumably among other items given by Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo in 1942.