Letter from W.J. Bassett-Lowke to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 31st July 1916.

This is the earliest surviving correspondence between W.J Bassett-Lowke and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Dated 31st July 1916 and on notepaper carrying Bassett-Lowke’s distinctive company letter heading, only the first page of the letter is known to survive. The purpose of the letter is to give Mackintosh an update on the progress of the work on […]

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“Travel” a painting by Philip Green

“Travel”. Philip Green. Graphite and gouache. c 600mm x 600mm. 1928. “Travel” was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke from artist Philip Green and was delivered to him in May 1928. The painting depicts various forms of travel, shipping, aeroplanes, trains and racing cars and is in a style considered modern for the 1920s – known now […]

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Ray Stutley – former worker at Bassett-Lowke

I spent an enjoyable and informative afternoon with Ray Stutley. Ray worked for Bassett-Lowke from 1931 to 1980, in fact all his working life. He had not intended on this course of life and had been accepted to work as a window dresser. His father, however, was not so keen on this occupation for his […]

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‘Queen Elizabeth’ – a model made by Bassett-Lowke Ltd

Bassett-Lowke Ltd., Model of Queen Elizabeth, 1947–48, white mahogany, gunmetal, and brass. Gift of Cunard Line Ltd., 1970, M14220. © 2017 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Kathy Tarantola. In 1947 Bassett-Lowke Ltd received a commission from The Cunard White Star Line to construct a scale model of the ‘Queen Elizabeth’ liner, then preparing for post-war […]

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A Dream Come True

The following story, “A Dream Come True” was first published in 1926 as an ‘advertorial’ piece by W.J. Bassett-Lowke. The content clearly encourages readers to buy a model railway for their children for Christmas. It was accompanied by information on how a reader could get the Bassett-Lowke company Christmas catalogue. Uncle Wynne’s Christmas Story – By […]

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Bassett-Lowke and The Mulberry Harbour

I found an interesting photograph the other day in my parents’ house. I had been rummaging through an old blanket chest and found the accompanying picture. The picture was taken in 1974 and shows my father and mother, Mr and Mrs Tom Hall, looking down on Bassett-Lowke’s model of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches in […]

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