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Ashbee, Charles Robert (C.R.) [1863-1942. UK. Architect/Silversmith/Furniture/Jewellery Designer/Illustrator]


Charles Robert Ashbee [commonly known as C.R. Ashbee] was born in Iseleworth, Mi… subscribers only

Silver, Enamel and Abalone Peacock Pendant-Brooch designed by C. R. Ashbee

1. Aslet, Clive. ‘The townies who made Chipping Campden beautiful’ Country life vol. 211, no. 18, 3 May 2017 pp. 140-141 [Report on an exhibition of the work of C. R. Ashbee an =d the Guild of Handicraft at Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden (April 7-July 9, 2017)]

2. 'Obituary'. The Builder vol. 152, 29 May 1942 p. 476

3. Boutoulle, Myriam. 'Ashbee orfèvre de l'épure'. Connaissance des arts no. 769, April 2018 p p. 82-87. [Discusses the work of C. R. Ashbee who was the subject of two exhibitions in 2018 - at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, and at the Musée national suisse, Zurich]

4. Crawford. Alan. An Index to the Ashbee Journals at King's College, Cambridge. Leicester: University of Leicester Victorian Studies Centre, 1965

5. Thomas, Zoe. Women Art Workers and the Arts and Crafts Movement. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020

6. ‘Obituary’. RIBA Journal vol. 49, 1942 p. 134

7. Stamp, Gavin. The English House 1860-1914. Catalogue of an exhibition of photographs and drawings. London: InternationalArchitect and the Building Centre Trust, 1980 pp. 34-35

8. Hamilton, Alec. Arts & Crafts Churches. London: Lund Humphries, 2020

9. ‘Obituary’. Architect & Building News vol. 170, 29 May 1942 p. 123

10. ‘Obituary’. Architect & Building News vol. 170, 5 June 1942 p. 137

11. McCarthy, Fiona. Simple Life: C.R. Ashbee in the Cotswolds London: Lund Humphries, 1981

12. Directory of British Architects 1834-1914. Compiled by Antonia Brodie, et al. Volume 1: A-K. London; New York: British Architectural Library, Royal Institute of British Architects/Continuum, 2001

13. Armstrong, Barrie and Armstrong, Wendy. The Arts and Crafts movement in the North West of England: a handbook. Wetherby, England: Oblong Creative Ltd., 2006

14. Carruthers, Annette and Greensted, Mary. Good citizen’s furniture: the Arts and crafts collections at Cheltenham. Cheltenham, England: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museums in association with Lund Humphries, 1994

15. MacCarthy, Fiona. The simple life: C.R. Ashbee in the Cotswolds. London: Lund Humphries, 1981

16. Gray, A. Stuart. Edwardian architecture: a biographical dictionary. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co., Ltd., 1985

17. C.R. Ashbee & the Guild of Handicraft Cheltenham, England: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, 1981 [Exhibition catalogue]

18. Crawford, Alan. C.R. Ashbee: architect, designer & romantic socialist New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1985


Great Buildings Online 

British Listed Buildings - 32 entries on C. R. Ashbee 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 

Van den Bosch 

BBC A History of the World 

BBC A History of the World 

Roman Road London 


Chipping Campden History Society 

King’s College, London 

RKD Netherlands Institute of Architecture 

Historic England - 21 entries on architectural work by C. R. Ashbee 

YouTube. Guild of Handicraft 

Artist Biographies [Subscription service] 

National Art Library Catalogue 



Alan Crawford. C(harles) R(obert) Ashbee. Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online [Subscription service] 

Victoria & Albert Museum 

Museum of Modern Art, New York 


Alan Crawford, ‘Ashbee, Charles Robert (1863–1942)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006 [Subscription service] 

The National Archives. The Papers of Charles Robert Ashbee 

Dallas Museum of Art 

Victorian Web 


Wikimedia Commons 

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