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Design for a Tazza by Walter Langley

This is an ornamental drawing of a tazza, or shallow ornamental wine cup or vase mounted on a foot. The tazza has a rounded base and caryatid mermaid-like figures on the stem. To the right is a plan detail for the lid with cameo heads. This is a drawing for one of the advanced stages of the National Course of Instruction, Stage 23 - applied design. The whole composition is in a drawn rounded-arch frame, above which is inscribed "in competition for the prize of 25". The title has been glued on separately, as has a printed label in red ink " Honorary Award, National Bronze Medal". There is a motif and the motto "Forward 1874" set in the frame to the left, "Forward" being used as the town of Birmingham's motto after 1838.
Walter Langley first began studying at the then Birmingham Design School at the age of 11 years as an evening pupil in 1863. In 1873/74 Langley won a number of prizes at the Birmingham School, including awards for jewellery and silverware design, figure studies, botanical and costume drawing. He was one of two Birmingham students awarded a two-year scholarship to the national South Kensington Schools and the School of Art purchased his winning design.
Artist:Walter Langley
Artwork type:design
Material:pen & ink and watercolour over pencil on paper
Measurements:340 x 465 mm
Technique:drawing and colour wash
Location:BIAD School of Art Archive
Rights owner:The works of this artist are no longer covered by copyright.
Rights status:The copyright of the artwork is owned by a private individual. The copyright of this digital image is owned by BIAD. We regret that this image is provided for reference only and reproductions cannot be supplied. For more information please contact the Keeper of Archives at BIAD
Institution:Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

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