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T. Armitage, ??-??

Nationality: English
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T. Armitage was an artist.

Life:

T. Armitage was involved in the decoration of the South Kensington Museums with one of a sequence of 35 portraits of artists, sculptors and potters, installed in niches around the upper level of Godfrey Sykes' South Court in the museum. Among those commissioned were Richard Redgrave, John Phillips, Sir John Tenniel, W. F. Yeames, G. F. Watts. Lord Leighton, Val Prinsep, E. J. Poynter, and T. Armitage, as well as art students. The first design was completed in 1864, and thereafter two to four were approved annually until 1871, when six designs were finished. JW made several drawings (see r.: A Japanese Woman; v.: Girl with parasol (M.458), and Japanese lady decorating a fan (M.460)). They would have been the only designs to show women, but were never completed, although Sir Henry Cole even provided JW with a studio. Holman Hunt and W. H. Fisk also failed to produce designs, but the final design, showing Giotto, was completed in 1873, by John Calcott Horsley (1817-1903), historical genre painter and etcher [more]. The mosaics were removed to storage in 1949.

Bibliography:

Physick, John, The Victoria and Albert Museum: the History of its Building, Oxford, 1982, pp. 60-67.