The Archibald Knox Forum curated ‘Archibald Knox: Artist, Designer, Teacher’ – a free exhibition at the Manx Museum.
The Archibald Knox Forum is very grateful to the collectors, Manx National Heritage, 2018 Year of Our Island and Culture Vannin for the sponsorship, help and support they gave to make the exhibition a success.
The exhibition ran from 12 October 2018 to 13 January 2019 and as well as the 40+ Knox items on display (many of which had not been seen on the Isle of Man before) there were 28 wall posters showing the breadth of Knox’s designing genius including:
Watercolours, Oil Paintings, Illuminated Illustraions, Photography, Graphic Designs. Textiles, Wallpapers, Rugs/Carpets, Commemorative Memorials, Plaques and Grave designs, Sketches, Ceramics and The Deer’s Cry,
During the three month period there were also talks and visits to see some of the Knox designed graves on the Island. These included:
An introduction to the origins of the “Cymric” and “Tudric” ranges by Liberty & Co. – Derek Tootill
Industrial espionage in late 19th/early 20th century with examples of design stealing. – Sue Wilson
Understanding silver hallmarks, Liberty & Co. marks etc. and info, on Peel Cathedra’sl Knox designed silver. – Julie Quine
All Saints’ Lonan Church with 2 Knox war memorials, a Knox designed pavement and the grave of Canon John Quine.- Julie Quine
An introduction to “When is a Knox not a Knox.” – Sue Wilson
Curatorial talk on The Deer’s Cry and a chance to see this Manx National Treasure. – Yvonne Cresswell of Manx National Heritage.
Three visits over the period to Douglas Borough Cemetery to see the 8 Knox designed graves there. – Peter Killey