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Title [Low Bentham Font: Design for font and canopy]
Collection Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Maker Lethaby;William Richard;
Date 1889
Id Number Current Accession F.68.2
Id Number Current Repository 77387661
Inscription Recto - As title plus notes and specifications, Lethaby´s hand. "Note: cover 6 sided only with 3/4 carved both sides oak shined [last two words crossed out] Walnut uprights all in green with the little knobs gilt as shown, or in walnut" and "Alabaster bowl with incised decoration ( . . . Only) [?]: line with lead and provider plug" and "Stone: This will all be done by local mason".
Location Creation Site London (probably 9 Hart Street, Bloomsbury)
Subject Lethaby;William Richard;
Material Pencil, pen and black ink on paper
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 .3. The final design was executed by Farmer and Brindley. This sheet is inscribed with a detailed account of Lethaby's way of working.
Object Notes Design (front elevation) for both the font and font canopy for St. John Baptist Church, Low Bentham, Lancaster. This sheet shows details for font and canopy. These designs (see also F.68.1 and .3) 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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