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Design for ecclesiastical metalwork
  • Design for ecclesiastical metalwork
    Theodore, Frank Charles Emanuel, born 1892
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Design for ecclesiastical metalwork

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1910-1913 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Theodore, Frank Charles Emanuel, born 1892 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and water-colour

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case M, shelf 58

Physical description

Drawings (one of four) of a lectern, chalices and an altar candlestick.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1910-1913 (dated)


Theodore, Frank Charles Emanuel, born 1892 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and water-colour

Marks and inscriptions

'Frank Theodore'

Dated between 1910 and 1913

Inscribed with title and note


Height: 11.7 cm, Width: 9.5 cm

Object history note

The altar candlestick is similar to one designed by G. F. Bodley for Ripon Cathedral. Bodley's design is E.1042-1963. The lectern is similar to one designed by Sir Ninian Comper, and the chalice, E.1034-1963, is similar to an example designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, and made for the church of St. Mary Abbots, Kensington, in 1877.

Historical context note

The artist, Mr. Frank Theodore, was articled to the firm of Barkentin and Krall, ecclesiastical metal-workers from 1906 to 1914. In the years between 1909 and 1913 he made copies from working drawings of church plate designed by G. F. Bodley, William Burges, J. L. Pearson, G. E. Street and others. He received a Regent Street Polytechnic medal for building construction, and a bronze medal for metal casting from the Founders' Company in 1910. From 1917 to 1925 he was a member of the Royal Navy, and while sailing on the Round the World Empire Cruise of the Special Service Squadron made a set of water-colour drawings, now in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. From 1926 he worked for the London and North Easter railway, rejoined the Royal Navy during the Second World War and in 1946 returned to the Architect's Department at Kings Cross Station, London.

Descriptive line

Pencil and water-colour drawing (one of four) by Frank Theodore of a lectern, chalices and an altar candlestick, 1910-1913.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1963 . London: HMSO, 1964.


Water-colour; Pencil


Drawing (image making)

Subjects depicted

Chalice; Lectern; Candlestick


Drawings; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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