This is a spectacular piece of architectural ornamentation which I chanced across on a building just behind the Albert Embankment in Lambeth.
It was built in the mid-1870s and is the only surviving part of the Doulton pottery in Lambeth. This section was home to Doulton's museum and art school.
Doutlon was established at Vauxhall and then moved to Lambeth - and rebased to Stoke in the Potteries in the 1880s.
The relief above the entrance is by George Tinworth - then in his mid-thirties and Doulton's chief designer. It shows craft workers decorating and displaying their wares and perhaps being inspected by Henry Doulton.
Tinworth designed quite a few reliefs, but this must have been a a really pleasurable piece for him to work on - reflecting the industry of which he was part.
The building fronts Lambeth High Street - which isn't a high street at all, at least not any more. But it's worth tracking down just to see this cornucopia of craft.
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