Bath taps and design, copper

Bath taps and design, copper

Bath Taps and Design

Copper, silver and white metal (possibly Britannia metal)
London, England, about 1900
Designed by Nelson Dawson (1859-1942); made in his workshop

A feature of the metalware collection is that much of it was designed primarily for use rather than just for display. These bath taps, were made for William Frederick Danvers Smith (1868-1928), 2nd Viscount Hambleden, who was a senior partner in WH Smith and Sons. They were installed in his house, Greenlands, near Henley-on-Thames (now a management training college).

In Nelson Dawson, Smith chose one of England's most important Arts and Crafts designers. Dawson adopted a European approach of combining metals. His drawing for these taps, dated May 1900, is also in the V&A.

The design, incorporating blue enamels and silver, was more ambitious than the end product.