Archibald Knox – Artist, Designer, Teacher

The Archibald Knox Forum take-over the Cabinet of Curiosities for an eye-catching display of Knox clocks, silver and pewter metalware and jewellery, most of which have never been seen before on the Island.

Kindly supported by Manx National Heritage, Year of Our Island and Culture Vannin.

  • Date Runs from 12 October 2018 - 13 January 2019.
  • Time 10am - 5pm
  • Location Manx Museum, Douglas
  • Price Free exhibition, donations welcome.

The collection will celebrate the breadth, depth, and sheer genius of Knox’s design work between 1898 and 1906.

As part of the exhibition The Archibald Knox Forum will be running a series of informative talks which include:

  • Industrial Espionage
    Join Sue Wilson from the Archibald Knox Forum at the Manx Museum as she explores Industrial Espionage in the late 19th and early 20th century with examples of stolen designs. This is a short talk about the common pratice of copying other people’s designs during the Victorian and Edwardian era in Britain.
    Liberty & Co. would have an employee buy a brooch in London, have it copied and made by their siversmith in Birmingham and then sell it as a Liberty & Co, original or exclusive. There will be a physical example of a Liberty and Co brooch copied and made by another silversmith.
  • Understanding Silver Hallmarks
    Join Julie Quine and the Archibald Knox Forum as they present a talk on ‘Understanding Hallmarks’.
    This is a short talk showing the various marks on Knox metalware pieces, including Liberty & Co marks plus a demonstration on how to read and interpret hallmarks on a piece of silver.
  • The Deer’s Cry
    Join Yvonne Cresswell, Curator of Social History at Manx National Heritage, as she invites you to discover more about Archibald Knox’s ‘The Deer’s Cry’ during an illustrated talk at the Manx Museum.
    The Deer’s Cry was designed and executed by Archibald Knox (1864-1933) and it beautifully illustrates Knox’s love for and the influence of the Island’s carved Norse and Celtic crosses in his artwork. Knox is known to have worked on the Deer’s Cry during the First World War, when he was a parcel censor at Knockaloe Internment Camp on the Isle of Man
  • When is a Knox not a Knox?
    Join Sue Wilson and the Archibald Knox Forum for a short talk on ‘When is a Knox not a Knox?’
    Discover how other companies used the Liberty & Co’s designs but altered them from Knox’s original purposes and see examples of fraudulent pieces.
  • Cymric & Tudric
    Join Derek Tootill and the Archibald Knox Forum for a talk on the Cymric and Tudric ranges by Liberty & Co.
    The two ranges were launched by Liberty & Co – “Cymric” c 1898 and “Tudric” c1902 – the terms ‘Tudric’ and ‘Cymric’ were the brand names given by Liberty to their new pewterware and silverware ranges c.1900. Both names were chosen to reflect a general sense of ‘Celticness’ and heritage.
    The short talk will introduce the terms, what they refer to and how the ranges came about.All talks are free but spaces are limited so booking is recommended – please follow the hyperlinks to book your space.
  • Douglas Borough Cemetery Designs
    Join Peter Killey at Douglas Borough Cemetery to see the 8 different gravestones designed by Archibald Knox, including the grave of fellow Manx artist, John Miller Nicholson.
    Event is subject to weather conditions – please check Manx National Heritage’s social media sites for any cancellations.
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