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  • Design
    Skidmore, Francis Alexander the younger, born 1817 - died 1896
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  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Skidmore, Francis Alexander the younger, born 1817 - died 1896 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on 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

Physical description

Design possibly for a lantern drawn with a diagram of a reflector below in pencil directly onto the page of an album but treating it as a sketchbook.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (possibly, made)


ca. 1890s (made)


Skidmore, Francis Alexander the younger, born 1817 - died 1896 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'7 3/4 / inside reflector'
in pencil


Height: 18 cm, Width: 12.6 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

The design was possibly designed by Skidmore, himself, because it is drawn directly onto the page of the album treating it as a sketchbook whereas most of the other designs are on pieces of oiled paper which have been pasted in at a later date. This design is in a style earlier than the Art Nouveau style of the designs which have been pasted in. There is, for example, a design for an ironwork bracket in the album in the Art Nouveau style which is dated '11th of October, 1899'.


Pencil; Paper



Subjects depicted

Lanterns (lighting devices)


Designs; Lighting; Metalwork


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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