“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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New Ways – sale of 2019

‘New Ways’ [ No.508 Wellingborough Road, Northampton ] – the radically modern house commissioned by W.J Bassett-Lowke in 1925/26 from Peter Behrens was put on the market for sale in January 2019. The house was marketed by Northamptonshire agents Jackson-Stops. The advertised guide price was £875,000.  [ Google Maps link ] The arrival of the […]

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A Clock Comes Home

  Below is the story of a certain clock finding its way back to 78 Derngate, its original home. The clock was of German manufacture (Lorenz Furtwangler & Sohne) from the early 20th century and was bought by the Bassett-Lowkes, it is thought, during the early years of their marriage during their travels on the […]

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Meet Tortoise!

This black painted cast iron novelty bell was acquired by W. J. Bassett-Lowke it is thought sometime before 1926; the year that the Bassett-Lowkes moved to ‘New Ways’. Similar cast iron table or desk bells of German manufacture were being made around the turn of the twentieth century. At New Ways, Tortoise lived on a […]

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New Ways

Apparently Bassett-Lowke would have liked Mackintosh to have designed his new house, but lost contact with him when he moved to the South of France. It took some time to find a suitable alternative architect but after reading about Peter Behrens’ work in the German magazine ‘Werkbund Jahrbuch’, Bassett-Lowke decided to ask him to design […]

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The Chelsea Years – Pamela Robertson

Pamela Robertson, Senior Curator at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Professor of Mackintosh Studies and an internationally recognised authority on the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, gave an evening talk in December 2007 to Friends and Volunteers of 78 Derngate. Her talk, which was very well attended and much enjoyed, concentrated on the […]

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The Bassett-Lowke Gnomes

Many of you I know have seen this photograph of the gnome peering over the balcony at Number 78 and wondered about it.  A conversation with my sister when she was over from America in the autumn reminded me that there were numerous gnomes in the garden of New Ways although I could only clearly […]

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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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Basset-Lowke and Dolls’ House Furniture

“The furniture illustrated in this catalogue represents the first attempt to provide scale models for the doll’s house, for although we have brought the working models of ships and railways to perfection and so provided the boys with the best of toys we have hitherto sadly neglected the interests of girls.” These are the opening […]

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