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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1899-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour on oiled 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 82

Design for an ironwork sign for a public house entitled 'The Golden Lion' from an album of designs from the firm of Francis Skidmore (1817-1896). The design was not designed by him because it dates from after his death to about 1899 to 1900. There is a design for an ironwork bracket in the album which is dated '11th of October, 1899'. Like this design, it is in the Art Nouveau style which is an international style of art, architecture and design that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (from about 1890 to1905) and is characterized by highly-stylized, flowing, curvilinear designs often incorporating floral and other plant-inspired motifs.

Physical description

Design for an ironwork sign for a public house entitled 'The Golden Lion' in pen and ink and watercolour on a large, brownish piece of oiled paper stuck into an album.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


ca. 1899-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour on oiled paper


Height: 12.3 cm, Width: 15.8 cm

Object history note

The provenance is the grand-daughter of Francis Skidmore.

Descriptive line

Design from an album from the firm of Francis Skidmore (1817-1896).

Production Note

Francis Skidmore died in 1896 and as there is a design dated '11.10.99' in the album and the style is later than those designs made in his lifetime it could not be by him. In 1872, Skidmore's Art Manufactures and Constructive Ironwork Company went into liquidation and was taken over by Winfields Ltd of Birmingham.


Ink; Watercolour; Oiled paper


Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Pubs; Signs; Ironwork


Designs; Metalwork


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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