Bartholomew NEWSAM (c.1530-1587)

Bartholomew Newsam was one of the England earliest clock and watch makers and we have been studying him for some years. I intend for a manuscript to be ready about his life and works by the end of 2020.

Bartholomew Newsam (active 1572–1587) Table clock with leather outer case, ca. 1585 British, London, Case: gilded brass; dial: silver (replacement); movement: gilded brass and iron; Case: H. 4 × Circum. 10 in. (10.2 × 25.4 cm); Dial: D.1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); Diam. of back plate: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1514a, b) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/194107

We wrote the current New DNB (Dictionary of National Biography) entry for Bartholomew Newsam and this has the key biographical points. 

Many of his pieces can be found described on-line:

  1. A Bartholomew Newsam striking table clock c. 1585 now at the British Museum. This piece is described in more detail in Thompson D (2014) Watches.
  2. A Bartholomew Newsam striking table clock c. 1585 complete with its leather travelling case. The piece is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and is is described more fully in Vincent et al. (2018) “Early European Clocks in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art“.
  3. An Bartholomew Newsam early repeater watch c. 1565, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
  4. A Bartholomew Newsum striking table clock c. 1575, substantially modified in Victorian times and bearing the arms of Margaret, Countess of Derby.
  5. A set of drawing instruments c. 1580 with Newsum’s name in a cartouche on the base. The set is now in the British Museum and is discussed by Taylor GL’E (2014) Elizabeth Instrument Makers.
  6. A sundial which was in the collection of Sir John Findlay once held at the National Museums of Scotland. It was sold at auction in 1973.