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Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942)

Biography of Arts & Crafts Movement designer and silversmith Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942)

Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942) was a leading light of the influential Arts and Crafts Movement in England.

Ashbee was born on 17th May 1863 in Isleworth, the son of Henry Spencer Ashbee. He was educated at Wellington College and read history at King's College, Cambridge between 1883 and 1886.

Ashbee established the Guild and School of Handicraft in London in 1888. However, it was not until early 1896 that, on behalf of the Guild, he entered a maker's mark at Goldsmith's Hall.

Ashbee died on 23rd May 1942 at Sevenoaks in Kent.

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