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  • Unexecuted design for a First World War Memorial
    Simister, Henry Walter, born 1881 - died 1958
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Unexecuted design for a First World War Memorial

  • Object:

    design

  • Date:

    1923

  • Artist/Maker:

    Simister, Henry Walter, born 1881 - died 1958 (architect)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Charcoal, watercolour and gouache

  • Museum number:

    E.7-2019

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case KK, shelf 2

Physical description

Design for a proposed war memorial made up of three cylindrical tiers. At the lowest tier a statue of St Mary and children, seated on a plinth, is housed under a partially closed portico. Statues of saints decorate the columns of the lower tier. The top tier is surmounted by a statue of a triumphal St George holding a child. In contrast to the alternative version, the second tier is heavily decorated with figures and wreaths. The monument sits on a base of six steps.

The drawing is annotated on all sides with suggested inscriptions for the monument.

Date

1923

Artist/maker

Simister, Henry Walter, born 1881 - died 1958 (architect)

Materials and Techniques

Charcoal, watercolour and gouache

Marks and inscriptions

Corporation of the City of Coventry
Proposed War Memorial, Styvechale Park

Crowning figure of St George/
Trampling on the dragon and carrying a child/
Typifying the New World/

The Mothers of England/
Suggested inscription/
To the Mothers of England/
Who suffered in silence/
And watered the flower/
Of freedom with their tears/
Arms of United Kingdom & Allies in suitable position on this stage/

The Saints of Peace/
St Francis/ St Patrick/ St Louis/ St Andrew/ St David/ St Nicholas/ St Joan/ St Mary figure of Peace with children

Dimensions

Height: 950 mm, Width: 530 mm

Object history note

The designs were made by Simister in response to a competition in 1923 for a First World War Memorial in Coventry. The competition was won by Thomas Francis Tickner (1864-1924) and the Memorial was built in 1927 as a stepped obelisk around 27 metres high. Simister’s designs contrast starkly with that modernist vision: his two alternative proposals combine neo-Classical elements with traditional Christian iconography.

Descriptive line

Unexecuted design for a First World War Memorial in Coventry by H. W. Simister, one of two proposed designs, 1923.

Materials

Charcoal; Watercolour; Gouache

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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