Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke

Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke (1877 – 1953) was the son of Joseph Tom Lowke. Tom Lowke’s stepfather, Absalom Bassett, had established a boiler making business in Kingswell Street, Northampton, in 1859. Tom Lowke continued the business, and when he married he gave his two sons, Wenman and Harold, the middle name of ‘Bassett’ in honour of his […]

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Mackintosh In Walberswick 1914 / 1915

Walberswick is one of the most easterly communities in England clinging to the North Sea coast 30 miles north of Ipswich and 15 miles south of Lowestoft. It lies on the south bank of the River Blyth opposite Southwold, historically an altogether more prosperous town.  At the start of the 19thC the village consisted of […]

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Furniture: Settle for 78 Derngate

This settle, which entered the collection of  The Victoria & Albert Museum in 1970, was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the furnishing of 78 Derngate in 1916. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it matches in style and appearance the dark finish and angular forms seen in his interior scheme for the Hall Lounge. The settle […]

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Smoker’s cabinet for 78 Derngate

This cabinet, which entered the collection of  The Victoria & Albert Museum in 1956, was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the furnishing of 78 Derngate in 1916. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it matches in style and appearance the dark finish, angular forms and vivid contrasts of colour seen in his interior scheme for the […]

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