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Richards Art Gallery and Museum

A Grade II Listed Building in Wednesbury, Sandwell

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Latitude: 52.5505 / 52°33'1"N

Longitude: -2.0221 / 2°1'19"W

OS Eastings: 398600

OS Northings: 294738

OS Grid: SO986947

Mapcode National: GBR 24G.HL

Mapcode Global: VH9YM.W5W4

Entry Name: Richards Art Gallery and Museum

Listing Date: 29 September 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1077118

English Heritage Legacy ID: 219317

Location: Sandwell, WS10

County: Sandwell

Electoral Ward/Division: Wednesbury South

Built-Up Area: Wednesbury

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Wednesbury St James and St John

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text

SO 9894 NE
12/106 Richards Art Gallery
and Museum


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

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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