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Henry Hugh Armstead RA, Nude study of a male figure for a "Coinage competition"

Nude study of a male figure for a "Coinage competition", ca. 1891

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
Nude study of a male figure for a "Coinage competition"
Artist/designer
Date
ca. 1891
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Pen and ink with white highlights over pencil on blue/grey wove paper
Dimensions

178 mm x 158 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
04/2089
Acquisition
Given by Dr. Hugh Wells Armstead 1932
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