Day, Lewis F. (1845 - 1910)

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English

Biography

Lewis Foreman Day was a British decorative artist and industrial designer and an important figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. Born at Peckham Rye, south London, on 29 January 1845. His father, Samuel, was a wine merchant. His mother was Mary Ann Lewis. Educated in France, at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood and subsequently in Germany. First employed as a clerk, then, at the age to twenty he worked for the glass painters and designers Lavers, Barraud and Westlake. He moved to the stained glass makers of Clayton and Bell, where he designed the cartoons. In 1870 he worked for Heaton, Butler and Bayne on the decoration of Eaton Hall, Cheshire. He started his own business in London in 1870, expanding his activities to a wide range of media including wallpapers for W. B. Simpson & Co., textiles for Turnbull & Stockdale, and tiles for Maw's and Pilkington's. He was an active member of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, one time master of the Art Workers Guild, which he helped to found, and a member of the Council of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) for much of the period between 1877 and his death. He was an influential educator and wrote widely on design and pattern. He was an examiner for the Department of Science and Art and later the Board of Education. He lectured at the Royal College of Art (RCA). He served on the consultative committee of the Victoria and Albert Museum when it transferred to its new building in Cromwell Road in 1909, and influenced the arrangement its collections there. His own work is well represented in the museum's collection. He married Ruth Emma Morrish In 1873. They had one child, Ruth. (Information from Wikipedia.)