William Arthur Smith Benson
English, 1854 - 1924
Hanging lantern, c. 1895

H. 11 x Dia. 6 1/2 in.

A close friend of William Morris, the architect W. A. S. Benson helped found the Art Workers Guild (1884) and the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society (1887). He also owned a factory in Hammersmith and a showroom in London on Bond Street where he exhibited his metalwork and furniture. This hanging lantern by him was one of the earliest Arts and Crafts designs to utilize electricity.