Harry George Murphy
Active: 1907 - 1939
Country of birth and death: England
Silversmith, jeweller, teacher of metal work and enamelling
Born at Birchington-on-Sea, Kent. He studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts where he was a pupil of Henry Wilson. Murphy then studied briefly under Emil Lettré in Berlin. In 1913 he established his own workshop in London. From 1907, alongside running his own workshop, Murphy taught at the Royal College of Art and later at the Central School. He was the first silversmith to be appointed Principal of the Central School.
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Collaborated on President's Badge, Royal Society of British Sculptors
1929 (Circa) - 1930
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Participant in Art Workers Guild Revels, 1934
Speaker at Gold Granulation (Art Workers Guild), 1936
Institutional and Business Connections
Assistant teacher of metal work at Royal College of Art (including National Art Training School)
Listed as an instructor of metal work and enamelling. See 'List of Staff' in the 'Report of the Departmental Committee on the Royal College of Art' (1911), p. 61. No end date is given, however, it is likely that Murphy was still working at the school when the list was published in 1911.
Associate of Royal Society of Arts
Awarded the title of 'Royal Designer for Industry'. In 1939 Murphy became the first 'Master' of the newly formed 'Faculty of Design for Industry of the Royal Society of Arts'.
Principal of Central School of Arts and Crafts
September 1936 - June 1939
Teacher at Central School of Arts and Crafts
1920 - June 1935
Listed as a teacher of enamelling and jewellery in the School of Silversmiths' Work and Allied Crafts from 1920.
Personal and Professional Connections
Collaborated with Richard Louis Garbe
1929 - 1930
Richard Garbe worked with Harry G. Murphy to create the badge of office for the Royal Society of British Sculptors
London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts. Prospectus and Time-Table of Session beginning 27 September 1920
27 September 1920
London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts. Prospectus and Time-Table of the Session 1934-1935
September 1934 (Presumed)
The Royal Society of Arts, 1754-1954, 1954
Citing this record
'Harry George Murphy', 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_1245167457, accessed 29 Jan 2015]