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Henry Hugh Armstead



Armstead Henry Hugh    

(b London, 18 June 1828; d London, 4 Dec 1905).

English sculptor, silversmith and illustrator. He was the son of a chaser and attended the Royal Academy Schools, London. At first he gave his attention equally to silverwork and to sculpture, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1851. An early bronze, St Michael and the Serpent, cast in 1852 for the Art Union, shows him conversant with the style of continental Romantics, and his debut in metalwork coincided with the introduction into England of virtuoso repoussé work by the Frenchman, Antoine Vechte (1799–1868). In the Outram Shield (London, V&A), Armstead displayed the full gamut of low-relief effects in silver, but its reception at the Royal Academy in 1862 disappointed him, and he turned his attention to monumental sculpture. Among a number of fruitful collaborations with architects, that with George Gilbert I Scott (ii) included a high degree of responsibility for the sculpture on the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, London. Here Armstead’s main contribution was the execution of half of the podium frieze (1863–72), with its portraits of artists, writers and musicians from earliest times to the present. His church monuments, whether effigies or Renaissance-derived wall tablets, were admired for their naturalism. This quality, dominated by a taut sense of design, as well as his abilities as a craftsman in a variety of media, led to his being hailed as a forerunner of the New Sculpture movement. In 1903 he exhibited at the Royal Academy a marble figure of Remorse (London, Tate), whose expressive symbolism bears comparison with the work of a younger generation.


Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope






Hero and Leander



Buste de Mrs Hugh Wells Armstead



My Dainty Ariel



St. Michael and the serpent or Satan dismayed



Albert Memorial

Kensington Gardens, London, England


























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