Competition for Wrought Iron-Work and Stone Carving, the Architectural Museum, London, 1856
End Date: 1856
Policy: 'Prizes are offered to Art-workmen during the present year for the most successful specimens of wrought iron-work and stone carving, under the following conditions, to which we gladly give publicity:-
No.1. The Committee of the Museum offer a prize of ten pounds for the best specimen of wrought iron-work, the example to consist of a complete panel or portion of a screen of the character of the latter part of the thirteenth century. The specimen to be such as shall not either in bulk or in manipulation be characteristic of wood or stone. The workmanship to be a combination of bar, flat or other forms of wrought iron, forged and united by welding, rivetting or screwing. The specimens to exhibit the capabilities of hammered iron as a decorative art, combined with architectural fitness and metallic construction.
No. 2. The base of the Cathedral of Amiens is decorated with sculpture, composed of bas-reliefs in quatre-foils connected by floral ornament. The photograph, No. 1, at the Architectural Museum, exhibits the arrangement clearly. Mr. Ruskin will give a prize of ten pounds for the best sculpture of a similar quatrefoil, with included bas-relief, and the two floral ornaments which connect it with quatrefoils on each side. The subject of the bas-relief is to be of some incident illustrative of the Crimean War, or of national feeling respecting the war. It must contain not less than two, nor more than twelve human figures, and of twelve (if so many are admitted), at least six must be diminutive, merely to represent the presence of the army or of any multitude. Foliage or architecture must be associated with the figures, but not in large quantity, and is to be quite subordinate to them. The foliage both in the bas-relief and floral ornament is to be English, not Oriental. The architecture either Gothic or Modern English, not Oriental. The extreme diameter of the quatrefoil, including the external moulding, is to be 2 feet.
No attention will be paid in adjudging the prize to delicacy of execution or quantity of labour; but solely to ingenious disposition of masses, grace of line, and truth of expression. The name of the principal figure, or names of the principal figures, are to be legibly sculptured under or over each, in the bas-relief. If horses are introduced, their pace must not be faster than a trot. The specimens must be sent to the Architectural Museum, free of cost, on or before the 31st of December next' (The Builder, 5 April 1856, p. 193).
The Builder, Vol. XIV, 5 April 1856
5 April 1856
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'Competition for Wrought Iron-Work and Stone Carving, the Architectural Museum, London, 1856', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [https://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/event.php?id=msib5_1246363025, accessed 26 Feb 2024]