National Recording Project


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

Allegories of Learning and Art


Type Sculpture

     Two seated figures set on thick bases at the corners of the Doric-columned portico roof. The male figure represents Industry and Learning. He holds a book and there is a naked cherub carrying a cog seated at his feet. The right-hand figure represents Art: she holds a quill as if to write, and a cherub offers up a scroll. To her right, a male bust is depicted atop an Ionic capital and a palette rests at her side.
     Newcastle solicitor J.A.D. Shipley (?-1909) bequeathed a collection of 2500 paintings to Newcastle on the understanding that the city would build a gallery to house them. The works turned out to be copies rather than genuine old masters and the bequest was rejected by Newcastle council. The collection defaulted to Gateshead in 1912 which built the art gallery in 1914-17, selling half of the works to help pay for it.(1) Designed by Arthur Stockwell in a Neo-classical style, the Shipley Art Gallery is now part of Tyne and Wear Museums Service and its displays concentrate on local manufacturing output and craft-based exhibitions. These two figures make obvious reference to the Shipley's role as an art gallery and cultural resource. The building is due for extensive renovation and it is expected that the figures will be cleaned as part of this programme.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Not known, None Sculptor
Stockwell, Arthur Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Both figures Stone 160cm high x 140cm square

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
Road Prince Consort Road
Precise location Shipley Art Gallery, portico roof
A-Z ref 79 2D
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1917
Unveiling details Building opened 1917
Commissioned by Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Duty of care Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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