DICTYS DISCOVERS DANAÉ & THE INFANT PERSEUS
Exhibition label to reverse of mount
Gouache with washes & black chalk on paper
40.5 x 24 cm
Grosvenor Gallery, London, Winter Exhibition 1880, No.4
Harrison was primarily a sculptor, medallist and stained glass designer. He was born the son of a builder and lived in St John's Wood. He was likely an early member of the Art Workers' Guild and is mentioned in their accounts in 1905. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, in Nottingham and at the Art Workers' Guild. The University of Texas holds his designs for twelve stained glass windows, on the theme of the Seasons in Spencer's Faerie Queen, at Betteshanger House, the home of Walter Henry James, 2nd Baron Northbourne (1). He also designed bookplates, including one for Lord Northbourne (2) and published a book on decorative arts titled Some terms commonly used in ornamental design (London, B. T. Batsford, 1906).
(1) Cf. N.K. Farmer, "A Moniment Forever More": The Faerie Queene and British Art, 1770 – 1950, The Princeton University Library Chronicle, Vol. 52, No. 1 (Autumn, 1990), pp. 42-43
(2) Twelve of these are currently with Sotherans, London.
(i) 'Thomas Erat Harrison', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib4_1231164176, accessed 10 Oct 2020]