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MS Thr 1007

Shakespeare tiles from Minton's China Works and Campbell Brick & Tile Co., undated: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 1007
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Shakespeare tiles from Minton's China Works and Campbell Brick & Tile Co.,
Date(s): undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 boxes (.75 linear feet)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Ceramic tiles made in Stoke-on-Trent, England, depicting scenes from Shakespeare.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Source and date unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Shakespeare Tiles from Minton's China Works and Campbell Brick & Tile Co., undated (MS Thr 1007). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Minton's China Works and Campbell Brick & Tile Co. were two of many branding names used over the years by the Minton Tile Companies of Stoke-on-Trent, England. The original company founded circa 1828, went through multiple court battles and numerous corporate name changes in the 19th- and 20th-centuries.

Arrangement

Arranged by name of maker, then by title of play depicted on tile.

Scope and Contents

Ceramic tiles were produced in Stoke-on-Trent, England by Campbell Brick & Tile Co. and also by Minton's China Works. One tile has no maker stamped on verso, two tiles stamped with initials IMS on recto. All tiles are 15.2 x 15.2 centimeters [6 inch square] and are tan colored earthenware with brown or black decoration. Some tiles are in wooden frames. Tiles are from a series designed in 1875 by John Moyr Smith (1839-1912), an artist and designer born in Glasgow, who worked in the Arts and Crafts tradition, with designs depicting scenes from William Shakespeare's plays. They remained in production until late 20th century.

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