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The ceiling design depicts buildings in Bristol at the edge and the centre details sailing ships from different periods of Bristol History.
Original design for the ceiling of Bristol council chambers by John Armstrong, circa 1954
© the artist's estate. All Rights Reserved 2010 / Bridgeman Art Library
- Tempera over black chalk on paper Dimensions: 38.3 x 76.5cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £2,500 ( Total: £12,500)
- Acquired in:
- Through Joseph Friedman
The four corners show the allegorical figures of Enterprise, Wisdom, Industry and Navigation. In the final version the buildings are far more recognisable as Bristol buildings than in this original design.
Private collector, perhaps Jeremy Hutchinson; private collector.