The symbolism of the galleon was clearly influential throughout John Pearson’s career, along with other symbols such as the rising sun and the tree of life.
John Pearson’s earliest work features galleons, and they appear as a regular leitmotif throughout his life. A late photograph of John Pearson (undated but in the early 20th century) shows him in his workshop with a worked galleon on a firescreen, illustrating the longevity of the motif.
The galleon was, of course, a key symbol of the Arts and Crafts movement and was also a popular motif in De Morgan pottery, and in Arts and Crafts silverware (Ramsden and Carr for example).
Charles Ashbee, whose rebus for the Guild of Handicraft is shown here, used the galleon as a symbol of pioneering adventure.