Another Fireplace Of John Moyr Smith Tiles
You may recall that over the course of 2011, I collected enough Minton tiles designed by the nineteenth century artist John Moyr Smith to tile the fireplace in my living room – many were cracked or broken but that suited both my budget and my purpose. Now I have opened the fireplace in my bedroom, which was previously bricked-up, and so the process has begun all over again.
I love his lyricism, sly humour and the absurd mixture of stories that Moyr Smith chose to illustrate in his tiles, and I am attracted to the notion that they will be the last thing I see before I fall asleep. If anyone can help me find more please get in touch.
Here are the beginnings of my new collection – not sure my pet, Mr P, will approve of the last in this series. I shall place it discreetly at the back of the fireplace lest it alarm him.
Aesop’s Fables – The Fox & The Goat In The Well
Jack & Jill Went Up The Hill
Cymbeline – Iachimo Climbs From The Trunk In Imogen’s Bed Chamber
Julius Caesar Lands In Britain
Richard Coeur de Lion & Bertrand de Gourdon AD1199
Aesop’s Fables – The Tortoise Which Wished to Learn To Fly
King Harold Wounded At The Battle Of Hastings 1066
Winter – The Snow Storm
Aesop’s Fables – King Log & King Stork
Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Rumpelstiltskin
King Edward The Martyr
Aesop’s Fables – The Ape, Cat & The Roast Nuts
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