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Mosaic - Head of the prophet Daniel
  • Head of the prophet Daniel
    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875
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Head of the prophet Daniel

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1864 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is an experimental panel for a mosaic designed by Alfred George Stevens (1817-1875) for one of the spandrels between the dome arches of St. Paul's Cathedral, London. This panel represents the Head of the prophet Daniel.

A sculptor, designer and painter, Alfred Stevens rejected contemporary distinctions between fine art and design. From 1850 to 1857 he was chief designer to Hoole & Co., Sheffield, where he produced award-winning designs for metalwork, majolica, terracotta ornaments and chimney-pieces. Perhaps his two greatest works were the decorations for the dining-room at Dorchester House, London (about 1856), for which he made countless drawings inspired by the Italian High Renaissance style, in particular the work of Michelangelo and the monument to the Duke of Wellington for St Paul's Cathedral, London, which was completed after his death. The two allegorical groups from this monument made a lasting impact on the New Sculpture movement.
The influence of the Italian Renaissance is evident in much of Steven's work, and is perhaps best reflected in the Wellington monument.

Although Stevens came equal fifth in the competition for the Wellington monument, the winner being the Scots sculptor William Calder Marshall (1813-1894), he was eventually given the commission as his design was felt to be more in keeping with the interior of St Paul's.

Physical description

Mosaic, head of the prophet Daniel.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1864 (made)


Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 107 cm, Width: 67 cm, Weight: 75 kg

Object history note

Given by Jesse Rust Esq. in 1873.

Descriptive line

Mosaic, an experimental panel, for one of the spandrels between the dome arches of St. Paul's Cathedral, designed by Alfred Stevens, England, ca. 1864

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

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1873, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., p. 11
Bilbey, Diane and Trusted Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002, p. 390, cat. no. 619
Armstrong, W., Alfred Stevens. A biographical study, London, 1881, p. 23 illus, p. 26




Sculpture; Architectural fittings; Christianity; Religion; Mosaic


Sculpture Collection

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