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Female head, perhaps the New Testament (former title)

Model
ca. 1910 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This and A.13-1991 are a pair, intended to be placed at either side of a third element. It was formerly suggested that they represented the New Testament (A.12-1991) and Old Testament (A.13- 1991), because of the blindfold traditionally used in personnifications of the Old Testatment. The work for which these were models was previously unidentified. Professor Jason Edwards identified them in 2021 as models for Administration and blind Justice, for the monument to Richard John Seddon (1846-1906), New Zealand's Premier from 1893 to his death, in St Paul's Cathedral.

The monument, by George Frampton, was installed in February 1910. Sir George James Frampton (1860-1928) was an English sculptor, medallist and decorative artist. He worked in an architects office before being apprenticed to a firm of architectural masons. He studied modelling a the London School of Art under W.S. Frith, and in 1881 entered the Royal Academy Schools, where he won a gold medal and travelling scholarship in 1887. Like Lanteri he was involved in the exterior decoration of the Museum, executing the spandrel reliefs of Truth and Beauty above the Main Entrance. Frampton was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1894 and exhibited regularly across Europe, contributing to the Munich and Vienna Secession movements.



object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleAdministration (generic title)
Materials and Techniques
Plaster
Brief Description
Model, plaster, female head, Addministration (formerly identified as possibly being the New Testament), by George Frampton, English, ca. 1910
Physical Description
This is one of a pair of female heads. The head is inclined slightly to the left, the eyes are downward looking, and the hair is held under a broad headband, and tied in a full bun at the back. The left side of the head is flattened, and a hole drilled in for a fixing.
Dimensions
  • Height: 9.5cm
Credit line
Given by the late Meredith Frampton
Object history
This and A.13-1991 are a pair, intended to be placed at either side of a third element. It was formerly suggested that they represented the New Testament (A.12-1991) and Old Testament (A.13-1991), because of the blindfold traditionally used in personnifications of the Old Testatment. The work for which these were models was previously unidentified, but Professor Jason Edwards identified them in 2021 as models of Administration and blind Justice, for the monument to Richard John Seddon in St Paul's Cathedral.



Given by the late Meredith Frampton, son of the sculptor, in 1985, though not formally accessed until 1991.
Summary
This and A.13-1991 are a pair, intended to be placed at either side of a third element. It was formerly suggested that they represented the New Testament (A.12-1991) and Old Testament (A.13- 1991), because of the blindfold traditionally used in personnifications of the Old Testatment. The work for which these were models was previously unidentified. Professor Jason Edwards identified them in 2021 as models for Administration and blind Justice, for the monument to Richard John Seddon (1846-1906), New Zealand's Premier from 1893 to his death, in St Paul's Cathedral.



The monument, by George Frampton, was installed in February 1910. Sir George James Frampton (1860-1928) was an English sculptor, medallist and decorative artist. He worked in an architects office before being apprenticed to a firm of architectural masons. He studied modelling a the London School of Art under W.S. Frith, and in 1881 entered the Royal Academy Schools, where he won a gold medal and travelling scholarship in 1887. Like Lanteri he was involved in the exterior decoration of the Museum, executing the spandrel reliefs of Truth and Beauty above the Main Entrance. Frampton was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1894 and exhibited regularly across Europe, contributing to the Munich and Vienna Secession movements.



Associated Object
A.13-1991 (Pair)
Bibliographic Reference
Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, p. 268, cat.no. 410
Collection
Accession Number
A.12-1991

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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