National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Allegories of Study and Rhetoric


Type Sculpture , Statue

     Two life-sized stone figures representing Study and Rhetoric; the one on the right of the door is holding an open book. The model for the figures was William Taylor's wife.
     The building was constructed in two stages; the northern section was designed as the Free Library, Museum and School of Arts Building in 1880-82 by James, Seward and Thomas, architects of Cardiff. The larger south extension was designed by Edwin Seward (Seward and Thomas) with William Taylor, sculptor. The extension was opened by the Prince of Wales in June 1896. The Schools of Science and Arts transferred to the university in 1890, and the museum contents transferred to the National Museum of Wales in 1923. The building was recently converted to house the Centre for Visual Arts but closed to the public in November 2000.

Related works : See CARDIFF060: Bust of Pallas Athena; CARDIFF062: Allegories of Literature, Calligraphy and Printing.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Taylor, William Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Two stone figures Portland stone 183cm high each approx.

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Trinity Street
Precise location Flanking main entrance to building
A-Z ref None
OS ref ST183763
Date of design 1894-1896
Year of unveiling 1896
Unveiling details Building opened on 27th June 1896
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status II*
At risk? No known risk

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