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

Victoria and Albert Museum (South Façade)


Type Sculpture , Relief

     Single standing figures in niches between the windows along the entire façade: 1) Westernmost group representing English sculptors: G. Gibbons and Bacon the Elder by W.S. Frith; John Flaxman and Francis Chantry by Bertram Regram; John Foley and Alfred Stevens by James Gamble. 2) Easternmost group representing English architects: William of Wikenham and John Thorpe by John Wenlock Rollins; Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren by Oliver Wheattey; William Chambers and Charles Barry by Gilbert Bayes. 3) Two central groups, at each side of the main entrance, representing English painters: William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds by Reuben Sheppard; Thomas Gainsborough and George Romney by S. Nicholson Babb; Richard Cosway and J.M.W. Thoner by Earnest George Gillick; John Constable by Vincent Hill; G.F. Watts by Richard Reginald Goulden; Lord Leighton by Sidney Boyes; J.E. Millais by James Alexander Stevenson. 4) Main entrance in centre of south façade: full-length standing figure of Prince Albert by Albert Drury inside tympanum above main doors; above Prince Albert, standing figure of Queen Victoria flanked by Sts. George and Michael (all by Albert Drury). Above Queen Victoria is a royal coat of arms. On the west and east sides of the arch are the Allegories of Knowledge and Inspiration by Albert Drury. In the spandrel are the allegories of Truth and Beauty by George Frampton. Relief portrait of Edward VII and Alexandra are probably by W.S. Fryth. At the top of the tower above the entrance, is a marble figure of Fame by Professor Edward Lanteri and the students of the Royal College of Art. In the niches at the base of the tower are Sculpture and Architecture by Professor Edward Lanteri and the students of the Royal College of Art. On the façade, at each side of the main entrance, are the figures of Edward VII and Alexandra by William Goscombe John. Exhibition Rd. façade features similar standing figures in niche, representing English craftsmen: St. Dunstan and William Torel by F. Lynn Jenkins; William Caxton and George Heriot by Paul Raphael Montford; Huntington Shaw and Thomas Tompkin by Abraham Broadbent; Thomas Chippendale and Thomas Wedgewood by Albert Hodge; Roger Payne and William Morris by Arthur George Walker.


Portraits of artists between windows bear their names and dates below; Other figures, except Fame and those in spandrels are identified below the carvings.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bayes, Gilbert Sculptor
Jenkins, F. Lynn Sculptor
Gillick, Earnest Sculptor
Frampton, George Sculptor
John, W. Goscombe Sculptor
Aston Webb & Ingress Bell, None Architect
Frith, W.S. Sculptor
Hodge, Albert Sculptor
Goulden, Richard Sculptor
Wenlock Rollins, John Sculptor
Montford, Paul Raphael Sculptor
Nicholson Babb, S. Sculptor
Lanteri, Edward Sculptor
Regram, Bertram Sculptor
Gamble, James Sculptor
Wheatley, Oliver Sculptor
Hill, Vincent Sculptor
Boyes, Sidney Sculptor
Stevenson, James Alexander Sculptor
Drury, Albert Sculptor
Broadbent, Abraham Sculptor
Walker, Arthur George Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Portrait between windows Portland Stone each c. 229(H)
Other figures and allegories Portland stone None
Fame Marble None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Don't know
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road Cromwell Rd.
Precise location North side of corner with Exhibition Rd.
A-Z ref 76 2B
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1905-6
Year of unveiling 1909
Unveiling details 26.6.1909 (opening of Museum)
Commissioned by Aston Webb for Office of Works
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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