Arthur J. Gaskin (1862-1928)

Arthur Gaskin was born in Birmingham, studied there at the School of Art, and later also taught there. He was one of the designers for William Morris's Kelmscott Press, and apart from being an illustrator, was an important jewellery designer, silversmith and painter. He was taught to work in tempera by Joseph Edward Southall, and was a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. His wife, Georgina Gaskin, was also a designer, and they collaborated on many articles.

From Hans Anderson, 1893.

Gaskin's jewellery work may be seen in various Art Nouveau collections, but I have yet to see a painting by him. However, his black and white illustrations for the Kelmscott books are sometimes on show at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London. He also produced decorative headers and footers for the Illustrated English Magazine and its competitors.

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