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Title [Low Bentham Font: Designs for a font cover]
Collection Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Maker Lethaby;William Richard;
Date 1889
Id Number Current Accession F.68.3
Id Number Current Repository 394801855
Inscription Recto - "All too big might be 1/2 less each way"; "Flash"; "Enamel"; "Rib" (all in penci). "Iron"; "Do" (both in blue pencil). Verso - "82" (x2 - 1 red, 1 blue pencil).
Location Creation Site London (probably 9 Hart Street, Bloomsbury)
Subject Lethaby;William Richard;
Material Pencil and blue pencil on laid paper (watermark visible)
Notes The commission for designing a font at St. John the Baptist Church, Low Bentham was probably handed to Lethaby by his mentor, Norman Shaw. Shaw had renovated the church during the previous year. See also F.68.1 and .2. The final design was executed by Farmer and Brindley.
Object Notes Design for a pomegranate for the font canopy of St. John the Baptist Church, Low Bentham, Lancaster. Shows an elevation and plan and a detail of the patterned edge. These designs (see also F.68.1 and .2) were largely influenced by an Italian book made during the late Renaissance, the "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili". It was a book which Lethaby described as "a collection of all the architectural wonders of the world".
Relation Exhibition W R Lethaby 1857-1931: architecture, design and education, London, Central School of Arts and Crafts
Relation References Book: Rubens;Godfrey;, William Richard Lethaby: his life and work 1857-1931, Architectural Press. 1986.
Thesis: Rubens;Godfrey;, The life and work of William Richard Lethaby (1857-1931), Ph.D., University College, London 1977.
Exhibition: W R
Rights University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Source Christie´s; A.B. Waters CBE
Technique Pencil drawing
Work Type Fine Art
 

 

 

 

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