Jessie Marion King

Glasgow School jewellery designer

Jessie Marion King (1875-1949) was a member of the Glasgow School of artists and designers, who worked as an illustrator, notably for an edition of William Morris’ The Defence of Guenevere). She was also a painter, designer and writer.

King studied at Glasgow School of Art and went on to teach book decoration there from 1899 to 1908, the year she married the designer and painter Ernest Archibald Taylor. She illustrated over 130 books and designed jewellery, silverware and textiles for Liberty & Co, wallpapers for Glasgow furnishers Wylie & Lochhead and textiles for the Edinburgh firm of Alexander Morton & Co.

In 1899, together with Bernard Cuzner and Rex Silver, she designed the first range of Cymric jewellery for Liberty & Co. [ref. Dictionary of Australian Artists Online www.daao.org. au] Her best-known jewels are geometric silver belt buckles, decorated with enamels, reminiscent of the designs of Glaswegian architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. She also designed pendants and brooches in silver and gold decorated with pearls and turquoise cabochons.