Charles Vyse Biography

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While under Noke’s tutelage, Vyse gained comprehensive knowledge of the day-to-day running of the studio, which he would turn to his own advantage in later years. When a qualified journeyman and out of his indenture, Vyse modelled a clock-case, titled The Coachman (Fig. 04), as part of the Kingsware range, which Doulton produced in abundant quantities from 1898 to 1946.
A favourite activity of Simpson Vyse, was to take along his young son to the local football matches, an activity that Charles would continue to enjoy throughout his adult life as a supporter of Fulham FC. On early holidays, the family often visited his mother, Annie Adams’ parents who lived in Endon village. Furthermore Simpson Vyse took Charles walking on the moors surrounding
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Some twenty-one art students departed North Staffordshire to study at the Royal College of Art. None of these young students would return to find work in Stoke-on-Trent.5 Harry Parr left Burslem for the Royal College in 1903. Charles Vyse follows this well-trodden path when in 1905, aged twenty-three, he gave up his modelling position at Doulton’s, for the Royal College of Art, to study sculpture under the eminent Professor Edouard Lantéri (1848-1917). He had won a National Scholarship for forty weeks tuition each academic year,with an allowance of twenty-five shillings per week to meet his London expenses. Arriving at South Kensington, he reconnected with Parr, who, after a year of study, had given up architecture to concentrate his efforts on the art of sculpture. Vyse and Parr found themselves amongst the up-and-coming young sculptors of their age in the sculpture rooms, all of whom were advocates of New Sculpture.6 However, when at work in his studio, Professor Lantéri was renowned for the teaching methods he employed to encourage the student’s proficiency (see Page 2). A National Scholar, Vyse was required to assist in the teaching of first year students. For each week of teaching duties, he received an extra payment of five shillings. This entitled him to free admission to lectures in one of the College Schools and technical classes, such as Architecture, Ornament and Design, Painting, and Sculpture & Modelling. In 1907, Vyse was awarded a further Scholarship, valued £180, and tenable for three years, and made an Associate of the Royal College of Arts, 31st July
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