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Henry Hugh Armstead

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Elected  Royal Academy
Name  Henry Armstead

Education  Royal College of Art
Resting place  Highgate Cemetery
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Born  June 18, 1828 (1828-06-18) Bloomsbury, central London
Known for  sculptor and illustrator
Died  December 4, 1905, St John's Wood, London, United Kingdom

Henry Hugh Armstead (London 18 June 1828 – 4 December 1905 London) was an English sculptor and illustrator, influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites.

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Life

Armstead was born in Bloomsbury, central London, the son of John Armstead, a chaser and heraldic engraver. He trained first under his father, then at the Government School of Design at Somerset House and afterwards at private art schools. He also studied with Edward Hodges Baily.

At the age of eighteen he went to work for the silversmiths Hunt and Roskell, where the works he later made included the "Kean Testimonial", a set of nine pieces of silver presented to the actor Charles Kean, and the "Outram Shield" (1862), made for presentation to Lieutenant-General Sir James Outram. He both made the clay models for the objects, and chased the cast silver.

In the late 1850s Armstead was commissioned to make a statue of Aristotle in Caen stone for the Museum of Natural History in Oxford. After this he increasingly concentrated on sculpture rather than metalwork. He designed a set of friezes for the exterior of Eatington Hall, as part of its remodelling in 1858–62; they were carved by Edward Clarke, Commissions for work at the Palace of Westminster, and the Albert Memorial helped Armstead to establish his reputation. He subsequently executed a large number of public statues, funerary works and other architectural schemes.

At the Palace of Westminster he carved eighteen oak panels in the Queens's Robing Room illustrating the legend of King Arthur beneath a series of murals by William Dyce.

Armstead worked closely with George Gilbert Scott on the Albert memorial from an early stage in the design process, making small scale models of the projected sculptural groups for Scott's architectural model. When it came to the sculpture on the actual monument, he was chosen to make half of the Frieze of Parnassus, a representation of 169 major cultural figures carved out of hard Canpanella marble. Armstead carved the poets and musicians and artists on the south side of the monument, and the painters on the east. The other two sides were executed by John Birnie Philip. Armstead took great care over the details of the subjects, asking surviving friends of Goethe, Beethoven and Mendelsohn for advice, and working from Weber's death-mask. The sculpture was carved in situ, out of blocks already installed in the podium of the monument, rather than in the studio. The relief was completed, and the sculptors' temporary sheds removed, in 1872. Armstead also made some of the bronze statues symbolising the sciences on the upper levels of the memorial; the others were by Philip.

With John Birnie Philip, he worked on the external sculptural decorations of Scott's colonial office in Whitehall, Armstead also sculpted the large fountain at King's College, Cambridge (1874–79), incorporating a statue of its founder, Henry IV, and numerous effigies, such as Bishop Wilberforce at Winchester, and Lord John Thynne at Westminster Abbey.

He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1875 and a full member in 1880. Armstead died at his home 52 Circus Road, St John's Wood in north London on 4 December 1905.

References

Henry Hugh Armstead Wikipedia


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