|A pencil portrait of Alfred Ollivant, Bishop of Llandaff (1798-1882). This drawing relates to designs for both a small stone statue of the Bishop and also his tomb effigy for Llandaff Cathedral. 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.