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On display at V&A South Kensington
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THE GOLDEN LION

Design
ca. 1899-1900 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Design for an ironwork sign for a public house entitled 'The Golden Lion' from an album of designs from the firm of Francis Skidmore (1817-1896). The design was not designed by him because it dates from after his death to about 1899 to 1900. There is a design for an ironwork bracket in the album which is dated '11th of October, 1899'. Like this design, it is in the Art Nouveau style which is an international style of art, architecture and design that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (from about 1890 to1905) and is characterized by highly-stylized, flowing, curvilinear designs often incorporating floral and other plant-inspired motifs.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink and watercolour on oiled paper
Brief Description
Design from an album from the firm of Francis Skidmore (1817-1896).
Physical Description
Design for an ironwork sign for a public house entitled 'The Golden Lion' in pen and ink and watercolour on a large, brownish piece of oiled paper stuck into an album.
Dimensions
  • Height: 12.3cm
  • Width: 15.8cm
Style
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the National Libraries
Object history
The provenance is the grand-daughter of Francis Skidmore.
Production
Francis Skidmore died in 1896 and as there is a design dated '11.10.99' in the album and the style is later than those designs made in his lifetime it could not be by him. In 1872, Skidmore's Art Manufactures and Constructive Ironwork Company went into liquidation and was taken over by Winfields Ltd of Birmingham.
Subjects depicted
Summary
Design for an ironwork sign for a public house entitled 'The Golden Lion' from an album of designs from the firm of Francis Skidmore (1817-1896). The design was not designed by him because it dates from after his death to about 1899 to 1900. There is a design for an ironwork bracket in the album which is dated '11th of October, 1899'. Like this design, it is in the Art Nouveau style which is an international style of art, architecture and design that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (from about 1890 to1905) and is characterized by highly-stylized, flowing, curvilinear designs often incorporating floral and other plant-inspired motifs.
Collection
Accession Number
E.395:24-2006

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record createdApril 23, 2008
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