Firescreen

Firescreen

Firescreen
London, England
William Arthur Smith Benson
1884
Brass and copper
Museum no. M.37-1972

William Arthur Smith Benson set up a workshop in 1880 to produce well-made, simple copper and brass objects for the home. By 1895 he was employing several hundred people. He used mechanical batch-production processes and was more ‘an engineer than a hand-worker’. Yet, he was also a founder member of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society.