Allusion has more than once been made in these Notes to the extensive art scheme devised by Mr. H. C. Howlden, the manager at Messrs. Mappin & Webb's, on behalf of those employed under him. The course of lectures given and the study of art and design, followed closely by many of the workpeople, have had the desired effect, viz., a distinct improvement in many departments of the firm's business. The classes, it will be remembered, were established something like two years ago, and have since been systematically conducted on the lines laid down by Mr. Howlden. The course of instruction began with a study of the Egyptian style of ornament, which was followed in order by the Assyrian and Persian, proceeding to the Greek, Roman, Gothic, and Mediaeval. The lecture inaugurating the forthcoming session has just been delivered in the large burnishing room of the works in Norfolk-street, the proceedings being presided over by the Mayor, Alderman Batty Langley, J. P. The subject was "Art under the Tudors and Stuarts–sixteenth and seventeenth centuries "–and in point of interest and instruction it was second to none of its predecessors. Much has already been done in the direction of art development in Sheffield, and in nearly every workshop designs are produced which in point of beauty and fidelity of treatment are superior to those of the past. It would stimulate the movement now going on in this direction if more of our large electro-plate establishments would follow the example so worthily set by Messrs. Mappin and Webb.
Source: Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 2nd October 1893