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Allied Irish Bank Reliefs

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:20-22 Marlborough Place
Town:Brighton
Parish:Brighton
Council:Brighton & Hove City Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN1 1UB
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Object setting:On building
and in:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:Around the four windows of the Allied Irish Bank
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:162
Grid reference:F7
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Name : John Leopold Denman, F.R.I.B.A
     Role:Architect
Name : Joseph Cribb
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Construction period:1933
Installation date:1933
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Allied Irish Bank.
Description:Three windows at the front of the building set in a concave-chamfered architrave of stone decorated at the springing and above with panels showing the building trades.

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Classification

Categories:Architectural, Sculptural
Object type1:Relief
Object type2:Sculpture
Subject type1:Figurative
Subject type2:Pictorial
     Subject subtype1:Group

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk

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History

History:'The first point of departure was the death of my uncle. I wrote then in my diary, my career is finished. I went to Eric Gill's first apprentice Joseph Cribb. He hadn't the brilliance and genius of Eric Gill, but he had the other qualities, and one of those was application. From him I learnt that application is the most important thing in the artist's life. Promising something and seeing it through. I learnt that, not from Eric Gill, but from one of his pupils, which is very interesting. I worked for Joseph Cribb until I was eighteen and a half, and then I went into the army. Had I served my time with Eric Gill I would have become a second rate Gill, he was very easy to copy, and taught by example.'
(John Skelton in 'Joh Skelton: Axis Mundi')

Joseph Cribb, Eric Gill’s first assistant
Herbert Joseph Cribb was taken on as an assistant by Gill in 1906. His father, Herbert William Cribb, an illustrator and cartographer in Hammersmith worked with William Morris’ printer Emery Walker (1851 – 1933). Walker introduced Gill to Herbert William and witnessed the agreement that Gill would teach Joseph ‘the trade, craft, and business of a letter carver and draughtsman’.
By 1907 Cribb was cutting inscriptions from Gill’s drawings and carving sculptures by 1911. He started receiving his own independent commissions once he finished his apprenticeship in 1913, and in this year he joined Gill as a Roman Catholic. In 1921 Cribb taught his younger brother Lawrence to cut letters and sculpt. Lawrence also became Gill’s assistant and followed Gill when he left Ditchling. Unitil Gill’s death Cribb continued to work closely with him. He took over Gill’s workshop and soon had enough work to take on his own assistants, Noel Tabbernor and Kenneth Eager. Eager continued in the same workshop until the end of the Guild in 1989.
(Exhibition notes from 'Gill in Ditchling: The Workshop Tradition', Ditching Museum, 9 June - 7 October 2007)

The reliefs contain a portrait of Denman as the architect.

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'John Skelton: Axis Mundi'
     Type:Book
     Author:James, N.P.
     Page:12-13
     Publisher:Cv Publications. London.

Source 2 :
     Title:'Eric Gill and Ditchling: the workshop tradition'
     Type:Book
     Author:Cribb, Ruth & Joe.
     Page:23
     Publisher:Ditchling Museum. Ditchling.

Source 3 :
     Title:Cv/Visual Arts Research
     Type:Journal
     Author:James, N.P.
     Page:12-13
     Volume:55
     Publisher:Cv Publications. London.


Further information:
#http://www.ditchling-museum.com/#
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     Date accessed:30/07/2007

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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