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Henry Hugh Armstead RA, Design for a coin

Design for a coin

Henry Hugh Armstead RA (1828 - 1905)

RA Collection: Art

Henry Hugh Armstead was a versatile artist who received training in design and metalworking before studying sculpture. Throughout his career he retained an interest in design and the decorative arts as well as figurative sculpture. In the 1890s, he was among a group of six artists invited to design coins for a new issue of currency. This set of drawings all relate to his entry in this competition. Although Armstead's bid was not successful, one critic commented that he should have won because his designs demonstrated the most 'decorative merit'.

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Object details

Title
Design for a coin
Artist/designer
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Pencil on cream wove paper
Dimensions

80 mm x 72 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
04/1478
Acquisition
Given by Dr. Hugh Wells Armstead 1932
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