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Henry Hugh Armstead RA, Study for the tomb effigy of Bishop Ollivant
Henry Hugh Armstead RA, Study for the tomb effigy of Bishop Ollivant

Study for the tomb effigy of Bishop Ollivant

Henry Hugh Armstead RA (1828 - 1905)

RA Collection: Art

A preparatory drawing for the tomb effigy of Alfred Ollivant, Bishop of Llandaff (1798-1882). Armstead exhibited a sculpture of 'The Late Bishop Ollivant; for Llandaff' at the Royal Academy annual exhibition in 1887.

Ollivant was described as 'tall and spare, with features said by many to resemble those of the Duke of Wellington. In advancing years he suffered from deafness; but his intellect was keen and vigorous to the last'. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described Ollivant's tomb at Llandaff as 'spectacularly treated...by Armstead's grandiose recumbent effigy'.

Armstead made a number of designs for carvings and other fittings at Llandaff Cathedral, during its restoration by the architects J. P. Seddon, John Prichard and others between c.1845-1880s.

Object details

Title
Study for the tomb effigy of Bishop Ollivant
Artist/designer
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Pencil with white gouache on blue/green wove paper
Dimensions

250 mm x 155 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
04/2286
Acquisition
Given by Dr. Hugh Wells Armstead 1932
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