Henry Hugh Armstead, R.A. 1828 - 1905
Design for 'The Courage of David', a relief for the
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Design for 'The Courage of David', a relief for the "Guards' Chapel", 1879
pen and ink with white highlights over pencil on green wove paper, 171 X 250 mm
Given by Dr. Hugh Wells Armstead, 1932
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This crisply drawn design was for a set of low-relief panels, Armstead's favoured form of sculpture. Commissioned as a memorial for the Guard's Chapel, Wellington Barracks, the finished work was designed and carved by the artist. The scene represents the virtue of Courage, showing King David as a young shepherd wrestling a lion to save his flock. The critic M.H. Spielmann described the reliefs as 'remarkable…fine in imagination and design'.