This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
An Exhibition of Arts and Crafts at Shanklin was held with much success on March 2, 3, and 4. H.R.H. Princess Henry of Battenberg, Governor of the Isle of Wight, showed her interest in the event by opening the exhibition herself, and by contributing exhibits. The needlework and carving were of exceptional merit, and a large number of pictures and miniatures were got together. Design, decorative work, and bookbinding were also represented, and a valuable loan collection was an instructive addition. It is hoped to form a Society of Arts and Crafts on the island as the result of the favourable reception met with by this, the first display of work.
The Litchfield Arts and Crafts Exhibition, if somewhat disappointing as a display of up-to-date craft work, showed at least that there are some very clever workers in the district. The ironwork of J. C. Culwick was really admirable, a wrought-iron grille being quite a masterpiece. Mr. Bridgeman's carved altar rails for St. Mark's Church, Harrogate, panels for York Minster, and a large Corinthian capital were clever pieces of work. Four panels representing the "Seasons," crisply carved by William Bull, were carefully designed - tulips, crocuses, and daffodils standing for spring; roses for summer, wheat for autumn, and holly and mistletoe for winter - but they would have been better if they had been more simple. H. Price gained the first prize in the trade wood-carving section with a frame, and Thomas H. Green contributed a well-carved panel. Mrs. Wardlow deservedly got the first prize for wood-carving in the amateur section, and clever work was shown by H. Leach, Gilbert Scott. Miss Harvey, and H. E. D. Wise. Leather work was chiefly represented by Mrs. Westmoreland. The Leek Embroidery Society showed a clever collection of work, including an altar cloth worked for the Memorial Church, Khartoum. Among the chief contributions to the Loan Department were a few miniatures of Cosway and his school, lent by Colonel Swinfen Brown and Mr. Courtney Warner. M.P., a fine and large collection of Japanese colour prints, lent by Mr. Granville Bantock, and some choice Japanese carved ivories contributed by Mr. George Brown and others A. F. P.