Monday, 22 July 2013

Silver Studio

Harry Napper ( 1867 - 1930)

I really enjoy collecting Silver Studio bindings, primarily because they are still very cheap, but I think I was originally drawn to the designs because of the simple symmetrical design. A bit about the Silver Studio though. The Silver Studio was established in Hammersmith, London in 1880 by Arthur Silver (1853 -1896) and primarily produced designs for wallpaper and textiles for a large range of manufacturers, but particularly Liberty and Co, Warner & Sons and G.P & J Baker and became enormously successful. One of the most famous designers in the Studio (and I will blog later about the others, who were all without exception, very talented) was Harry Napper (born 1867 in Spaxton, Somerset) who joined in about 1891. On the death of Arthur Silver, Napper took over the management of the studio in 1896. The Studio also produced commissioned book cover designs for Blackie & Son Ltd based in Scotland. Interestingly, Arthur Silver was born in Reading and his family had an upholstery business in the centre of town, as did at the same time co incidentally the grandfather and father of Talwin Morris (1865 -1911)Art Manager at Blackie & Son Ltd which is worthy of more research and may explain the relationship between the two companies. It would be interesting to know how many Blackie books were designed by the Studio and I have always meant to take myself to the Silver Studio archives held in Middlesex University. Harry Napper died in Clapham, London in 1930.

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