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ID number:  BIRRC-H0001
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  University Heritage Collection
Artist / Maker:  Lanteri, Edouard
Title / Object name:  Bronze Plaque of Sir Oliver Lodge (1851-1940)
Object type:  Plaque
Date made:  1905
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  26.7x 19.1
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Sitter pictured in profile and slightly raised from the plaque which is buffed to a slightly gold colour over the facial features and other areas, to add a feeling of depth and three-dimensionality. The plaque has inscriptions along the bottom underneath the portrait and is inscribed as above in the top right and left hand corners and along the right hand side. It has bar across the back from which it can be hung.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Along bottom: 'SIR OLIVER LODGE FRS UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM'
Along right hand side: 'ED. LANTERI: SC.'
Top corners (left and right respectively): 'ANNO' '1905'

Notes:  Sir Oliver Lodge (1851-1940) was a pioneering Physicist during the late 19th and early 20th century and made important advances in the development of wireless and electromagnetic devices. He was recognised as an accomplished public lecturer and a pioneer in the study of electromagnetism and radio telegraphy. He studied Physics at the University of London and became Professor of Physics at Liverpool University. In 1900 Joseph Chamberlain invited Lodge to become the first principal of the University of Birmingham.


Edouard Lanteri, was a French-born sculptor who studied in Paris at the École des Beaux Arts before migrating to London in 1872. He was Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, 1874-1910. He completed many busts and bronze works of prominent figures during his professional life and examples of his work can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery.

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