Not on display
- Frederick Etchells 1886–1973
- Object: 510 x 910 x 25 mm
- Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
T03724 Inscription ‘Let us now praise famous men’
Hoptonwood stone, the letters painted 20 1/8 × 35 3/4 × 1 (510 × 910 × 25)
Inscribed ‘LET US NOW PRAISE/FAMOUS MEN & OUR FATHERS/THAT BEGAT US + THE LORD/HATH WROUGHT GREAT GLORY/THROUGH THEM BY HIS GREAT/POWER FROM THE BEGINNING’
Transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum 1983
Prov: ...; Department of Architecture and Sculpture, Victoria and Albert Museum, acquired 1934 (A. 47-1934)
Exh: ?Art for the Slender Purse, British Institute of Industrial Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, November–December 1929
There is no information at the Victoria and Albert Museum about the provenance of this inscription, but it seems likely that it was the one exhibited there in 1929. Etchells was a Vorticist painter and subsequently an architect, and is not otherwise known as a letter cutter.
The text is from Ecclesiasticus 44: 1–2. The first four words are painted gold, and the others black.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986