Designed by Aston Webb 1899 to 1909, London, England
This complex entrance includes the statues of Queen Victoria above and Prince Albert below whose personal interest, innovative drive raised the quality of industrial design in the 19th century, as well as the social working conditions of the nation.
The words around the main door read ‘The excellence of every art must consist in the complete accomplishment of its purpose.’ This detailed inscription is reproduced on the model.
This entrance design exemplifies the Victorian preference in borrowing from all styles, a medley of architectural invention and revival.
The doorway highlights the Victorian themes of beauty, knowledge, truth and inspiration. It also shows Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in niches to either side.
Victoria & Albert Museum
8.5″w x 8″h x 2.5″d