Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
Museum reliefs, 1937
City Museum, Weston Park
Mural frieze above main entrance to
the City Museum, Weston Park. A second frieze is on the Museum wall facing the
park. (A-Z p98 2B)
The subject matter was described
in the programme for the official opening of the New City Museum and Mappin
Art Gallery in April 1937.
It "symbolizes the purpose of the Museum. It depicts the Shrine of Knowledge
placed upon four steps carved with animals indicating the order of their appearance
in time - Crustaceans, Fishes, Reptiles and Mammals - with Birds in flight
around the Altar. Figures approaching from the sides bring gifts from lands
beyond the seas. Another frieze on the east side of the Hall illustrates men
at work in Sheffield’s heavy industries".
Libraries, Art Galleries and Museums
Committee - Sheffield City Council.
A second council commission for
the Tory Firm after their 1934 work on the City Library and Graves Art Gallery
‘The City Museum and Mappin Art Gallery Extension’
1937. pub. Sheffield City Council