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Henry Hugh Armstead RA, Design for 'The Obedience of Joshua' for the "Guards Chapel" reliefs
Henry Hugh Armstead RA, Design for 'The Obedience of Joshua' for the "Guards Chapel" reliefs

Design for 'The Obedience of Joshua' for the "Guards Chapel" reliefs, 1879

Henry Hugh Armstead RA (1828 - 1905)

RA Collection: Art

This crisply drawn design was for a set of low-relief panels, Armstead's favoured form of sculpture. Commissioned as a memorial in the Guard's Chapel, Wellington Barracks, the finished work was designed and carved by the artist. The scene represents Obedience, by depicting the warrior Joshua obeying an angel who commands him to remove his sandals when standing on holy ground. The critic M.H. Spielmann described the reliefs as 'remarkable…fine in imagination and design'.

Object details

Title
Design for 'The Obedience of Joshua' for the "Guards Chapel" reliefs
Artist/designer
Date
1879
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Pen and ink with white highlights over pencil on green wove paper
Dimensions

173 mm x 251 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
04/2122
Acquisition
Given by Dr. Hugh Wells Armstead 1932
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