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Craftsmen Collection

Craftsmen, the unsung heroes of artistry and skill, and are the masters of their craft, dedicated to creating beauty with their hands and minds

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Hogarth, Beer Street

Hogarth, Beer Street. A political print supporting a ministerial measure against the unlimited sale of gin. A scene of London life in which happy and healthy tradesmen

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: The Christmas tradition in England is stronger than the crisis (colour litho)

The Christmas tradition in England is stronger than the crisis (colour litho)
2778113 The Christmas tradition in England is stronger than the crisis (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Coopers at work making wooden barrels

Coopers at work making wooden barrels
Four coopers hard at work in their workshop making traditional wooden barrels. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. September 1902

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. September 1902
A view of the quarry face showing workers sitting on a granite block weighing an estimated 2, 738 tons. It was claimed to be the largest single block ever quarried

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of Polkanuggo Quarry with steam traction engine BETA No 483 and workers posing for the camera. The traction engine was made around June 1885 by John Fowler of Leeds

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Quarry in Mabe or Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Quarry in Mabe or Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A view of the quarry face showing two workers with sledge hammers standing by a granite block that is being dressed. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Manufacture of cork balls at Chingford General view of the house 28 November 1922

Manufacture of cork balls at Chingford General view of the house 28 November 1922

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Wheelwrights making cart wheels

Wheelwrights making cart wheels
Wheelwrights or wainwrights making large wooden wheels in a traditional rural workshop. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Freeman & Sons dressing floor, probably Penryn, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Freeman & Sons dressing floor, probably Penryn, Cornwall. 1903-1904
Classical granite columns on the dressing floor of Freeman & Sons works. The man pictured is either Bernard Freeman or his brother. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Transporting granite blocks for King Alfreds statue to Penryn Station, Penryn, Cornwall. 1901

Transporting granite blocks for King Alfreds statue to Penryn Station, Penryn, Cornwall. 1901
Fowler traction engines 7974 and 9016 are pictured hauling blocks of granite from one of the Mabe quarries to Penryn Station, for onward transportation by train to Winchester, Hampshire

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Tresahor Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Tresahor Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of the quarry with the crane used for moving the granite blocks. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. Around 1900

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. Around 1900
A view of the quarry face showing workers holding the tools of their trade while dressing stones. Blocks of granite are ready to be moved using the cranes based at the edge of the quarry

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: The Boat Race 1933 The Cambridge Boat under construction at Sims boathouse on 2

The Boat Race 1933 The Cambridge Boat under construction at Sims boathouse on 2 March 1933

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Regency era window curtains

Regency era window curtains
6339805 Regency era window curtains by British School, (18th-19th century); (add.info.: Regency era window curtains. Drapes in blue and white with lilies in the French royal colours)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Three Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer craftsmen

Three Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer craftsmen
Photograph of three Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer craftsmen repairing the engine of an A Squadron, 15/19th Kings Royal Hussars Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier, Malaya

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: The Little Miss Pussy Cats helping in the kitchen (colour litho)

The Little Miss Pussy Cats helping in the kitchen (colour litho)
7157455 The Little Miss Pussy Cats helping in the kitchen (colour litho) by Wain, Louis (1860-1939) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Little Miss Pussy Cats helping in the kitchen)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Ogre cooking people for breakfast (litho)

Ogre cooking people for breakfast (litho)
7149264 Ogre cooking people for breakfast (litho) by Kley, Heinrich (1863-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ogre cooking people for breakfast)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Mrs Clamp The Carpenters Wife (colour litho)

Mrs Clamp The Carpenters Wife (colour litho)
2797307 Mrs Clamp The Carpenters Wife (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mrs Clamp The Carpenters Wife)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Goldsmith, reproduction of a woodcut by Jost Amman (1539-91) from Le Moyen Age

Goldsmith, reproduction of a woodcut by Jost Amman (1539-91) from Le Moyen Age
KW260638 Goldsmith, reproduction of a woodcut by Jost Amman (1539-91) from Le Moyen Age et La Renaissance by Paul Lacroix (1806-84) published 1847 (litho) by French School

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: LCC-LFB Vehicle and equipment workshops complex

LCC-LFB Vehicle and equipment workshops complex
The Headquarters complex at Lambeth SE1 had extensive vehicle and equipment workshops. Maintenance, repair and restoration work could be undertaken by highly skilled mechanics and craftsmen

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Craftsmen making besom brooms and wooden rakes

Craftsmen making besom brooms and wooden rakes
Two craftsmen sit on narrow benches, making besom brooms and wooden rakes. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Making horse tack in a workshop

Making horse tack in a workshop
Two craftsmen preparing the leatherwork for horse tack; shaping, stretching and sewing the pieces to the correct shape and size. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Craftsmen make besom brooms and wooden rakes

Craftsmen make besom brooms and wooden rakes
Two craftsmen sit on narrow benches, making besom brooms and wooden rakes. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Regency era window curtains for a boudoir, 1800

Regency era window curtains for a boudoir, 1800
6339794 Regency era window curtains for a boudoir, 1800 by British School, (18th-19th century); (add.info.: Regency era window curtains for a boudoir, 1800)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Vol-au-vent (litho)

Vol-au-vent (litho)
7158785 Vol-au-vent (litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Vol-au-vent. Illustration for Le Livre de Cuisine by Jules Gouffe (8th edn, Hachette)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Menu illustration: Mustard (colour litho)

Menu illustration: Mustard (colour litho)
6029942 Menu illustration: Mustard (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mustard. Menu illustration published by Marcus Ward, late 19th century)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: French kitchen (b / w photo)

French kitchen (b / w photo)
2796989 French kitchen (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: French kitchen. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Hogarth, Beer Street

Hogarth, Beer Street. A political print supporting a ministerial measure against the unlimited sale of gin. A scene of London life in which happy and healthy tradesmen

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Ms. Lat 209 fol. 11r The Professions, from De Sphaera (vellum)

Ms. Lat 209 fol. 11r The Professions, from De Sphaera (vellum)
XIR308310 Ms. Lat 209 fol.11r The Professions, from De Sphaera (vellum) by De Predis, Cristoforo (1440/45-86) (attributed to); Biblioteca Estense, Modena

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Syria - Jewish Workers producing Engraved Brasswork

Syria - Jewish Workers producing Engraved Brasswork Date: circa 1905

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Team of Carpenters making a cart

Team of Carpenters making a cart
Three carpenters make a cart under the watchful gaze of an elder craftsman or the intended recipent of the cart. Watercolour Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Janus Lutma, 1770 (watercolour)

Janus Lutma, 1770 (watercolour)
8914690 Janus Lutma, 1770 (watercolour) by Unknown artist, (18th century); Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Austria; (add.info.: Janus Lutma, bust. outline drawing)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail

The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones)
8620126 The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones, cameos and coloured glasses) by Lombard School

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail

The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones)
8620127 The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones, cameos and coloured glasses) by Lombard School

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail

The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones)
8620128 The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones, cameos and coloured glasses) by Lombard School

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail

The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones)
8620125 The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones, cameos and coloured glasses) by Lombard School

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Jointing and pointing wall with arched opening (b/w photo)

Jointing and pointing wall with arched opening (b/w photo)
8639681 Jointing and pointing wall with arched opening (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jointing and pointing wall with arched opening)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Plumbing for correct position of quoin with plumb-rule and lead-bob (b/w photo)

Plumbing for correct position of quoin with plumb-rule and lead-bob (b/w photo)
8639678 Plumbing for correct position of quoin with plumb-rule and lead-bob (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Vestibule, Martin's Bank, Bexley Heath (b/w photo)

Vestibule, Martin's Bank, Bexley Heath (b/w photo)
8639676 Vestibule, Martin's Bank, Bexley Heath (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Vestibule, Martin's Bank, Bexley Heath)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Main front, with tiled roof, of the old crown, Bookham, Surrey

Main front, with tiled roof, of the old crown, Bookham, Surrey, showing various forms of arches (b/w photo)
8639671 Main front, with tiled roof, of the old crown, Bookham, Surrey, showing various forms of arches (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Chimney shaft with square base, panelled at the summit (b/w photo)

Chimney shaft with square base, panelled at the summit (b/w photo)
8639665 Chimney shaft with square base, panelled at the summit (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chimney shaft with square base)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Bricklayer's Tools, I (litho)

Bricklayer's Tools, I (litho)
8639659 Bricklayer's Tools, I (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bricklayer's Tools, I)

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Example of assorted colour brickwork, with tile roofing and tile hanging at gable ends

Example of assorted colour brickwork, with tile roofing and tile hanging at gable ends (colour photo)
8639658 Example of assorted colour brickwork, with tile roofing and tile hanging at gable ends (colour photo) by English Photographer

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Interesting example of brickwork, carried out with S6 purple

Interesting example of brickwork, carried out with S6 purple and red bricks for recessed panel filling
8639655 Interesting example of brickwork, carried out with S6 purple and red bricks for recessed panel filling, bright reds for piers and dark reds for plinth (colour photo) by English Photographer

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: German pole axe and halberd from the late 15th century

German pole axe and halberd from the late 15th century. Chromolithograph from Hefner-Altenecks Costumes, Artworks and Appliances from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century, Frankfurt, 1889

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Iron smelting in a furnace, Bronze Age, Kazakhstan area

Iron smelting in a furnace, Bronze Age, Kazakhstan area
Craftsmen (blacksmiths) of the Bronze Age in the Kazakhstan area, smelting and shaping metal (iron) using an ancient furnace with bellows. 3000-1200 BCE

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Maen Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Maen Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of the quarry with the crane used for moving the granite blocks. A number men can be seen with cut blocks at the foot of the quarry face. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection

Background imageCraftsmen Collection: Bosahan Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Bosahan Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
General view of the quarry with men standing by cut granite blocks and the crane used for moving the blocks. Two men are standing either side of a horse and cart



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Craftsmen, the unsung heroes of artistry and skill, and are the masters of their craft, dedicated to creating beauty with their hands and minds. Just like Hogarth's iconic painting "Beer Street, " where craftsmen gather in lively taverns after a hard day's work, these artisans embody the spirit of creativity. In Coopers at work making wooden barrels, we witness their meticulous craftsmanship as they shape wood into functional works of art. The rhythmic sound of hammers hitting nails echoes through the workshop, a symphony composed by skilled hands. Traveling back in time to Polkanuggo Quarry in Stithians, Cornwall during 1903-1904 or September 1902 reveals another facet of their expertise. These craftsmen extract raw materials from nature's embrace with precision and care. Their dedication transforms rough stones into building blocks that lay foundations for progress. The manufacture of cork balls at Chingford showcases yet another realm mastered by these artisans. In November 1922, they meticulously mold cork into perfect spheres destined for games and recreation. Each ball represents countless hours spent honing skills passed down through generations. Wheelwrights making cart wheels exemplify craftsmanship intertwined with functionality. With every turn of the lathe and stroke of chisel, they create sturdy wheels capable of enduring rugged terrains while carrying life's burdens effortlessly. Besom brooms and wooden rakes come alive under the careful touch of skilled craftsmen who understand nature intimately. Whether it be Tresahor Quarry or Mabe/Constantine Quarry in Cornwall during 1903-1904 or even Polkanuggo Quarry around 1900; these artists transform humble materials into tools that connect us to our roots. Lastly, let us not forget The Boat Race construction at Sims boathouse in 1933—a testament to teamwork among craftsmen united towards a common goal. As each piece comes together meticulously under watchful eyes, a vessel of dreams takes shape, ready to conquer the waters.