Michael Hewan Crichton joined the Bromsgrove Guild in 1919, shortly before the Guild restructured as a commercial limited company. He became their chief modeller and created models to be used as moulds for all the figures, medallions and memorials created by the Guild until 1937. Originally from Edinburgh, Crichton returned there in retirement but continued to model medallions and other small items for the Guild until 1951.
One of Crichton’s most famous commissions was the gilt figure of Fortune perched high above the front entrance of the Fortune Theatre on Russell Street, London.
The 1920s and 30s were the most commercially successful years for the Bromsgrove Guild, offering a wide range of standard decorative items both large and small, and bespoke modelling, carving and woodwork, stained glass, and mural decoration. It opened branches in Belfast and New York.
This birdbath in the Worcestershire County museum collection is the original model by Michael Hewan Crichton. He based it on his son Ian. Arthur Byng made the moulds used to cast lead and castone (a stone-based concrete) ornaments from this originals.
Bromsgrove Guild Ltd Catalogue No 30770
Height 1ft 9in, base 11in. diameter
The Guild offered this figure cast in two materials:
Price in castone £5/10/0
Price in cast lead £27/0/0