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Joyce Rosemary Himsworth
Dates: British, 1905 - 1989
Biographical Account: Joyce Rosemary Himsworth (1905-1990) was a designer silversmith from Sheffield. From an early age, she worked with her father, Joseph Beeston Himsworth, making small spoons and items of jewellery. She went on to study at Sheffield School of Art and became a member of the Sheffield Artcrafts Guild in 1925. Himsworth also taught at art colleges in Rotherham and Chesterfield.  
Himsworth's stylistic influences were far reaching and included Egyptian and Celtic design. Joyce was interested in politics, particularly Russian communism. She was a member of the British-Soviet Friendship Society and the British Peace Committee (other members included the actress Dame Sybil Thorndike and the eminent archaeologist Vere Gordon Childe). These different political influences are sometimes visible in her work.  
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