G. E. Street Memorial
H. H. Armstead (1828-1905)
Main Hall of the Law Courts
This fine example of Armstead's work combines his virtues of monumental impressiveness with human detail (compare the figures on the base here with figures on the podium frieze of the Albert Memorial, on which he had also worked). This combination makes it a striking memorial both to the architect himself and to the craftsmen who worked on the Law Courts — perhaps also to all that we think of as High Victorian. The memorial is also a fine example of architectural sculpture, for these kinds of collaborations between architects and sculptors produced some of the best work of the age (such as the Albert Memorial itself), and help to correct the view of rivalry and battles in and amongst the different arts, their practitioners and styles.
Photograph and text Jacqueline Banerjee
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