Gerald Holtom, Original signed artwork for Church applique 1959
Design for St Pauls Church, Lorrimore Square in Southwark. Signed and annotated by CND symbol designer Gerald Holtom, with sample textile
This is an original signed design by Gerald Holtom (1914–1985) for an altar frontal based on The Trinity at St Pauls Church in Southwark. It is signed by the artist and dated 4th September 1959.
St Paul's Church in Lorrimore Square in Newington, Southwark was bombed in 1940 and rebuilt in 1959. A version of this design can still be seen on the front of the altar.
It consists one coloured painted design on card, measuring 37 × 16.5cm, annotated in brown ink by Holtom giving the dimensions, construction and materials to be used. Holtom has also used small metallic discs to enhance the design.
There is also a sheet of sample fabrics to be used in the applique including linen, grosgrain ribbon, hessian, wool rope and silver and golf leaf covered leather. This sample measures 57 × 28cm.
And finally there is a typed letter (not signed) on Gerald Holtom's stationery dated 1961 which is an financial account of the work done.
The artwork is in good condition, a little creased and with pinholes at the corners. The sample is good but in creased condition with some marking associated with storage and the letter is in good condition too.
Gerald Holtom was a British artist and designer who is best remembered for the creation of the CND symbol in 1958.
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