Guild of Handicraft Galleon

Galleon motif

Guild of Handicraft Rebus

The symbolism of the galleon was clearly influential throughout John Pearson’s career. Charles Ashbee, whose rebus for the Guild of Handicraft is shown above, used the galleon as a symbol of pioneering adventure (and a bad pun in calling it a ‘craft’). The galleon was a key symbol of the Arts and Crafts movement more generally, of course, and was also a popular motif in De Morgan pottery, and in Arts and Crafts silverware (Ramsden and Carr for example).

A late photograph of John Pearson (undated but in the early 20th century) shows him in his workshop with a worked galleon, illustrating the longevity of the motif.