Correspondence relating to appointments and consultancies (1924 - 1958); catalogues relating to Artists Aid China, Artists Aid Russia and the British and American Goodwill Exchange (ca. 1930s); files relating to exhibitions including Harrods China, Pottery and Glass Exhibition, 1934, the Paris Exposition Universelle, 1937, the Historical and British Wallpapers exhibition, 1945, the Women's Fair exhibition, 1949 (ca. 1932 - 1949); correspondence (1938 - 1947); work project files (1938 - 1949); lectures and notes (1938 - 1950); papers relating to the Society of Mural Painters (1939 - 1946); papers relating to the Central Institute of Art and Design (ca. 1940 - 1948); papers relating to the loan of works of art to the Royal Air Force (1940 - 1946); publications containing articles by T.A. Fennemore (1944 - 1953); papers relating to the Council of Industrial Design (1945 - 1948); papers relating to the Design and Industries Association (1947); designs for wallpapers (1950s); press cuttings (undated); typescript of an unfinished autobiography (undated).
Thomas Acland Fennemore, pottery, textile and wallpaper designer: papers
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Administrative / Biographical History
Thomas Acland Fennemore (1902 - 1959) worked in advertising from 1919 to 1926 with Samson Clarke & Co. and Peter Jones of London and with Edgar Lawley, China and Glass, in Stoke-on-Trent. From 1927 to 1929 he ran his own design company, Fennemore Haydon Ltd. In 1932 he became director of Brain & Co. Ltd, Foley China Works, Fenton and in 1934 arranged an exhibition of tableware by the company, held at Harrods. He was appointed registrar of the newly established National Register of Industrial Art Designers in 1936 and founded the Central Institute of Art and Design in 1940. From 1947 to 1953 Fennemore worked as a freelance designer of pottery, wallpaper and textiles for Antler Luggage, Bolton Leathers, Lawley Group potteries, Odhams Press, A. Sanderson & Sons Ltd and A.J. Wilkinson. In addition, he sold designs to Bradford Fabrics Ltd, Heal & Son Ltd, Horrockses' Fashions, John Lewis Partnership and Wilton Royal Carpet Factory Ltd. Fennemore was also the founder and vice-president of the Society of Mural Painters.
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Gift of Enid Marian Fennemore, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, widow of Thomas Acland Fennemore, 1983.
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This archive consists primarily of paper materials. Some textile samples and photographic materials are also included.
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