Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838)
Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838)
Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838)
Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838)
Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838)
Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838)
Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838)
Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838)

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In 1905 J. Passmore Edwards commissioned the sculptor Henry C. Fehr to produce busts of pioneering education innovator Joseph Lancaster and scientist Michael Faraday. The 1904–1905 report of the Borough Polytechnic Institute's governing body noted, 'marble busts of Joseph Lancaster and Michael Faraday, executed by Mr Henry C. Fehr, and presented by Mr J. Passmore Edwards, have been placed on marble brackets in the Entrance Hall (of the Borough Road building).'

The two busts remained on display from 1905 until 1930. The Faraday bust was lost in the 1970s. The bust of Joseph Lancaster has been housed in a succession of places: the Polytechnic's Students' Union building on Rotary Street, New Kent Road, Diary House in 1995, and eventually in the now-closed Tower Restaurant, run by the National Bakery School until 2010.

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Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838)






H 85 x W 62 x D 34 cm

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presented to the Borough Polytechnic Institute by J. Passmore Edwards

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on back: H.C. Fehr, 1905

Inscription description

on plaque: Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838) Presented by J Passmore-Edwards Esq.


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