National Recording Project


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

Twickenham Library Pediment Figures


Type Panel

     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)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Goadby, Howard Architect
Seale, Gilbert Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Relief panel Monk's Park stone 200 cms (h) x 300cms (w) approx.

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
  • None
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Road Garfield Road
Precise location Pediment of main fa├žade, Twickenham Library
A-Z ref p. 8, B5
OS ref None

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Date of design 1906-7
Year of unveiling 1906
Unveiling details 20th March 1907 (unveiled)
Commissioned by Richmond Borough Council
Duty of care L.B. Richmond on Thames
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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