Twickenham Library Pediment Figures
High relief pediment decoration of three female figures in classical dress. Centre frontal figure seated on a large chair set into a neoclassical niche; side figures seated in profile facing outwards, the right hand one holding a palette, the left hand one a manunscript in her lap in which she is writing. Background design either side of central chair and behind side figures, of curling leaves in low relief.
Relief commissioned and probably designed by Goady who may have employed the carver Gilbert Seale to execute the design for him. Seale wasalso the chief carver employed by Goady to produce the carved wooden decorations in the interior of the building. The building was commissioned by the Borough Council with contributions from many local benefactors including Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish philanthropist.
Allegory of the arts and science with middle figure representing literature, right figure art, and left figure science.
Related works : Gilbert Seale, Pope and Tennyson Medallions, Twickenham Library (RH118)
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