Florence Camm, stained glass studio, Smethwick

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Date:1950 - 1955 (c.)

Description:Born in Smethwick in 1874, Florence Camm was a talented artist, stained glass designer and decorative metalworker. She studied at Birmingham School of Art between 1892 and 1910, and exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and other societies and galleries. She is pictured here working in the Camm's studio on High Street, Smethwick.

Thomas William Camm (born 1839, West Bromwich) set up a stained glass business with his two brothers in Brewery Street, Smethwick in 1866. He had previously worked for Chance Brothers & Co. in Smethwick for their ornamental department.

Thomas William died in 1912 but his business was carried on by his sons, Walter and Robert, and daughter, Florence.

Robert died in 1954, Florence in 1960 and Walter in 1967. The firm closed at about the same time. The Studio in the High Street in Smethwick was demolished in the 1980s and a shop now stands on the site.

The firm gained an international reputation and received commissions from America, Spain, New Zealand and India. Their work can be seen in churches and houses across the West Midlands, and in the collections of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

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Donor ref:P65.003.000 (37/26686)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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