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Description: Richards Art Gallery and Museum
Date Listed: 29 September 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 219317
OS Grid Reference: SO9860094738
OS Grid Coordinates: 398600, 294738
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5505, -2.0221
SANDWELL MB HOLYHEAD ROAD
SO 9894 NE
12/106 Richards Art Gallery
Art gallery. 1890 by Wood and Kendrick (foundation stone). Red brick and
terra cotta. A symmetrical composition of two storeys, the upper storey
blind, with two bays on each side of entrance. The bays are separated by
pilasters. Above the main cornice is a balustrade, with piers between bays
carrying urns. Second cornice above tall lower storey. On the ground floor
are timber cross-windows. Above each is a semi-circular pediment springing
from a moulded band. Each contains moulded decoration including a cartouche.
Each bay on the first floor has a terra cotta panel with relief portraits of
St Christopher Wren, Sir Joshua Reynolds, John Flaxman and Sir Isaac Newton.
Above the doorway are two niches, separated by a pilaster and containing busts
of William Lloyd, Chairman of the Art Gallery Committee and of Mayor Williams.
Above the main cornice is a centrepiece with a shield of arms and motto below
a pediment. The doorway has an elliptical arch and is flanked by attached
octagonal turrets with pinnacles. Within a pediment is moulded decoration
and inscrition: "Art Gallery". Interior: stone Imperial stair with cast iron
Listing NGR: SO9860094738
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Source: English Heritage
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