ARTS & CRAFTS OAK MOTTO FRAMED OVER MANTLE

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ARTS & CRAFTS OAK MOTTO FRAMED OVER MANTLE

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Arts & Crafts oak over mantle with a motto design

BETTER IS A DINNER OF HERBS WHERE LOVE IS THAN A STALLED OX AND HATRED THEREWITH

Carved stylised tree design and painted side panels

Central panel designed by George Heywood Maunoir Sumner

C1900

H54cm W144cm

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George Heywood Maunoir Sumner (1853–1940) was originally an English painter, illustrator and craftsman, closely involved with the Arts and Crafts movement and the late-Victorian London art world. In his mid-forties he relocated to Cuckoo Hill, near Fordingbridge in Hampshire, England, and spent the rest of his life investigating and recording the archaeology, geology and folklore of the New Forest and Cranborne Chase regions.

Sumner studied law at Oxford and London alongside his childhood friend W A S Benson, who later became a successful metalwork designer; it was through this friendship that he was introduced to William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement

Sumner rejected the elitism of the William Morris clique and engaged in projects to bring Arts and Crafts within the experience of the general public. In particular in the 1890s he helped to set up the Fitzroy Picture Society, a group of artists dedicated to producing boldly coloured prints that could be sold cheaply to liven up the walls of public institutions such as schools and hospitals.

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