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  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1890s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Skidmore's Art Manufactures Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on tracing paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the National Libraries

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case M, shelf 80

This is a design for a weathervane for the art metalworker Francis Skidmore's firm which went into liquidation in 1872 and was taken over by Winfields of Birminham but carried on as F.A. Skidmore. There are numerous designs for 'wrought iron terminals vanes etc' in an earlier volume of printed designs entitled 'Skidmore's Art Manufactures Co Book of Designs', 1859-1870, in the Public Library in Coventry.

Now little known, Skidmore was once famous as the maker of the Albert Memorial (1863-1876) and the Hereford Screen (which was exhibited in London at the International Exhibition of 1862). Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878) designed both the memorial and the screen and employed Skidmore to execute them. Skidmore also produced church plate, light fittings, and furniture but was best known for his innovative architectural ironwork. Based in Coventry, Skidmore worked for some of the leading designers of the Gothic Revival movement, particularly Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Physical description

Design for a weathervane.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


1890s (made)


Skidmore's Art Manufactures Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on tracing paper


Height: 34 cm, Width: 17.5 cm

Object history note

The provenance is the grand-daughter of Francis Skidmore.

Descriptive line

Design for a weathervane for Francis Skidmore's firm, 1890s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Howell, Peter. Francis Skidmore and the Metalwork. In: Chris Brooks, ed.
The Albert Memorial. The Prince Consort National Memorial: its History, Contexts, and Conservation. p. 264.

Production Note

In 1872, Skidmore's Art Manufactures and Constructive Ironwork Company went into liquidation and was taken over by Winfields of Birmingham. Later in his career, Skidmore employed designers to work for him so it is unknown who drew this design. Similar designs were published earlier in 'Skidmore's Art Manufactures Co. Book of Designs' in the Public Library , Coventry.


Pencil; Tracing paper



Subjects depicted



Architectural fittings; Designs; Metalwork

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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