The arms of [illegible inscription] Roberts carved by G AR

Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E
Place Of Origin

Small rectangular photograph of coat of arms carved in wood. The photograph is in sepia and has no mount or border.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen photographic print on thin photographic paper.
Brief Description
Photograph of a coat of arms carved in wood by George Alfred Rogers. Albumen photographic print on thin photographic paper. British. 1851-1879
Physical Description
Small rectangular photograph of coat of arms carved in wood. The photograph is in sepia and has no mount or border.
  • Height: 11cm
  • Width: 8.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'The arms of Colm- [illegible inscription] Roberts / carved by G AR' (Textual information; At top, back of photograph.; Handwriting; Pen and ink)
  • 'OMNIA VINCIT AMOR' (Textual information; Latin; At the bottom of the coat of arms.; Carved)
  • ''He Beareth Gules a Lyon Rampant Or / Borne by the Name of Walton. & for his crest / an Arm in Armour holding a sword all proper / MOTTO - OMNIA VINCIT AMOR' (Textual information; English and Latin; At the bottom of the photograph of the carving.; Carving)
Credit line
Purchased with the Assistance of the Friends of the National Libraries
Object history
Clive Wainwright wrote of the WH Rogers Archive and specifically about this photograph that 'also included are some very interesting photographs.' Quoted from the registered file for the Prints, Drawings and Paintings Department, Acquisitions: purchase, 'Designs by William Harry Rogers, purchase from Robert Harding, Maggs Brothers Ltd'

Historical significance: This design is part of the W.Harry Rogers Archive and to quote the information on the archive provided by 'RW' on 6 February 1998 on the registered file 1997/1476:

'It is extraordinarily rare to have this kind of documentation at this level of production for the middle decades of the 19th century. The fact the (sic) the state of the designs ranges from rough sketches to finished drawings and proofs allows the pieces to document the design process very closely.'

This photograph is of a coat of arms in wood carved by George Alfred Rogers (b.1837 - after 1909), the brother of WH Rogers. George Alfred Rogers adopted his father's profession of wood carving. His father was the famous wood carver William Gibbs Rogers.
Bibliographic References
  • Houfe, Simon 'The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists'. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Baron Publishing, Antique Collectors' Club, revised 1981 437 p. ISBN 0902028731
  • Ball, Douglas 'Victorian Publishers' Bindings.' London: The Library Association, 1985, 90 p. and 155 p.
  • Engen, Rodney K. 'Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers'. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 1985, 223 p. ISBN 0859641392
  • Lee, Sidney, ed. 'Dictionary of National Biography.' Vol. XVII, London, Smith Elder & Co. 15 Waterloo Place, 1909. 147 p.
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record createdNovember 24, 2000
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