Ashbee, C.R. (Charles Robert), 1863-1942

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Birth 1863-05-17
Death 1942-05-23

Biographical notes:

Epithet: architect and printer

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000410.0x000320

Ashbee was an English architect, city planner, designer and utopian socialist. He was the founder of the Guild of Handicraft in London, an experimental workshop in the English Arts and Crafts movement. In 1917, he was invited by the British military governor to advise on town planning in Jerusalem and report on its local crafts and industries.

From the description of Report by Mr. C. R. Ashbee on the arts and crafts of Jerusalem and district, 1918. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 82910951

Charles Robert Ashbee was born in 1863, read History at King's College 1883-86, and trained as an architect under G.F. Bodley. In 1888 he founded the Guild and School of Handicrafts, first in East London and then in Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire, and he established the Essex House Press in 1898. He was Civic Adviser in Jerusalem 1919-22, and did much to promote interest in civic architecture and town planning as well as in decorative craftwork and design. His other great interest was in romantic socialism. He died 23rd May 1942.

From the guide to the The Papers of Charles Robert Ashbee, 1689-1988, (King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge)

English architect.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to Col. Prideaux, 1899 July 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270131588


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  • Arts and crafts movement
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  • Printer


  • Jerusalem (as recorded)