Joseph (Josef) Anton Hodel
Died 9 May 1930
Active: 1900 - 1930
Country of birth: Switzerland
Country of death: England
Art metal worker, jeweller
Born in Lucerne, Switzerland. His father was Johan Hodel, the Police Adjutant for Lucerne (presume inspector or higher rank). Hodel may have received some training at the Lucerne School of Arts and Crafts. He worked for Bossard goldsmiths in Lucerne where a fellow worker was Louis Weingartner. They later became partners or associates after they moved to Britain c.1900. (Louis was the brother of Seraphim Weingartner, director of Lucerne School of Arts and Crafts.)
Both practitioners worked for the Bromsgrove Guild in the early 1900s, Hodel is said to have been the chief designer. Between 1905-7 he made a presentation box or casket for the Hornby Library in Liverpool. This commission may have paved the way for Hodel's move to Liverpool in 1908 and appointment as teacher of metalwork at Liverpool School of Art. During the First World War Hodel was interned but returned to teaching and practice after 1918. He received a number of commissions during the 1920s including a commemorative bowl to mark the completion of the Mersey Tunnel (Liverpool Town Hall).
This biographical note is largely drawn from information submitted by his grandson, Ken Fackrell including information derived from documentary material in Sempach, Switzerland, translated by the Archivist at Stadt Sempach.
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Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery, The Spring Exhibition, 1902
Exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery, The Spring Exhibition, 1908
Institutional and Business Connections
Member of Bromsgrove Guild
Worked for Bromsgrove Guild
1900 (Circa) - 1904 (Circa)
Worked on 'many of the Guild's early projects' with his Swiss partner Louis Weingartner, including a comission for the architect Sir Aston Webb to produce a silver trowel and bronze and silver casket for King Edward VII to use when laying the foundation stone at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. See Townshend 'The Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts', in Watt 'The Bromsgrove Guild', (1999), p. 13 and p. 19.
Personal and Professional Connections
Collaborated with Louis Weingartner
1902 (Circa) - 1904 (Circa)
Shared a studio in London. Worked on various commissions including one in 1902. See Townshend 'The Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts', in Watt 'The Bromsgrove Guild', (1999), p. 19.
Catalogue of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition 1900
Cat. No. 48, p. 20
Catalogue of the Spring Exhibition, The City Art Gallery, Leeds 1902
Cat. Nos. 231, 232, 234, 238, 241, 247, pp. 26, 27
Catalogue of the Spring Exhibition, The City Art Gallery, Leeds 1908
Cat. No. 498, pp. 44, 81
The Bromsgrove Guild. An Illustrated History, 1999
p. 14 and p. 19.
Citing this record
'Joseph (Josef) Anton Hodel', 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=msib5_1208550288, accessed 27 May 2015]