Girded about with Truth

1867 (made)


Height: 26.7 cm, Width: 15.5 cm

E.399-2006 PDP

Photograph of a model for a figure of one of the Virtues by James Redfern for Francis Skidmore, 1867.

Photograph, brown albumen print, of a model of a plaster figure holding a girdle in two lowered hands.

This photograph was taken in the photographic studio at the firm of the art metalworker Francis Skidmore (1817-1896) which was called Skidmore's Art Manufactures and Constructive Ironwork Co and was at Alma, Street, Coventry. The photograph, which was made by the albumen print process, was taken by an unknown photographer in 1867. The photograph shows a model by James Redfern (1837-1876) for one of the figures of the Virtues for the base of the flèche of the Albert Memorial, Hyde Park, London. The photograph has been squared up for transfer to a larger surface so it acts as both a record and a design. It indicates that the model was not full size. This model was not, in fact, made into an electroformed figure and erected onto the flèche. The figure of Temperance which was executed and installed on the flèche is similar. It also holds a girdle in two hands although only one is lowered.

The provenance is the grand-daughter of Francis Skidmore.

Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the National Libraries

Location: Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2E, shelf SH63, box M80

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