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Relief - Literature, Art and Science
  • Literature, Art and Science
    Frampton, George James Sir, born 1860 - died 1928
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Literature, Art and Science

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    before 1896 (carved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Frampton, George James Sir, born 1860 - died 1928 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Marble

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Commonwealth Institute, formerly the Imperial Institute

  • Museum number:

    A.6-1964

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This relief, together with Mus. nos. A.5 and 7-1964, originally formed part of a large hooded fireplace in black marble, inset with two bronze plaques and the three marble reliefs. Frampton produced the fireplace for the Imperial Institute (later the Commonwealth Institute), London, which gave the reliefs to the Museum in 1964. There is no further record of the bronze plaques: they were presumably removed at the same time as the relief panels but did not form part of the Institute's gift to the Museum.

In an interview given to the journal Studio in 1896, Frampton commented: 'I have certainly done a good deal of interior work, both in churches and public buildings ... I have also done some fireplaces and other work at the Imperial Institute.'

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, attended the Royal Academy Schools. Like Lanteri he was involved in the exterior decoration of the Museum, executing the spandrel reliefs of Truth and Beauty above the Main Entrance.

Physical description

Three naked female figures sitting. On the left Literature reading, in the middle and facing the viewer Art and on the right Science. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

before 1896 (carved)

Artist/maker

Frampton, George James Sir, born 1860 - died 1928 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Marble

Marks and inscriptions

'LITERTVRE'
left

'ART'
in the middle

'SCIENCE'
on the right

Dimensions

Height: 41 cm

Object history note

Given by the Commonwealth Institute, formerly the Imperial Institute, in 1964, together with A.5-1964 and A.7-1964.

Historical context note

This and the related objects originally formed part of a large hooded fireplace in black marble inset with two bronze plaques, and the three marble reliefs catalogued here, which was produced by Frampton for the Imperial Institute (later the Commonwealth Institute), London, from whom they were given to the Museum in 1964. There is no further record of the bronze plaques - presumably removed at the same time as the present panels - though they did not form part of the gift to the Museum from the Commonwealth Institute in 1964.

Descriptive line

Relief, marble, allegory of Literature, Art & Science, by Sir George James Frampton, England, before 1896

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

Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie, British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002, p. 264, cat. no. 398

Materials

Marble

Subjects depicted

Academic art; Technology; Literature; Nude female figure

Categories

Sculpture; Architecture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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