Printed Books, Maps and Works on Paper | 11 July 2013
Auerbach (Arnold) - Allegorical figure of music,
Allegorical figure of music,
art deco design for a sculpture to adorn the new Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, charcoal with touches of watercolour on grey laid paper, 485 x 340mm., signed and dated lower right, inscribed 'for Herbert Rowse FRIBA for Liverpool Philharmonic', in pencil lower right, a similar inscription verso, unframed, 1938.
⁂ Arnold Auerbach (1898-1979) was born in Liverpool and intially returned to the city after serving in the First World War, where he began his career under a local architect, James Bramwell, working on interiors and sculptural reliefs. He continued in this vein, though otherwise broadening his artistic output, when he moved to London in 1921. When the original Liverpool Philharmonic Hall burnt down in 1933, it was another Liverpool-born architect, Herbert J. Rowse (1887-1963) who was commissioned to design its strikingly art deco replacement. It was opened in June 1939. Auerbach presumably submitted this design as part of a scheme for the interior, which is indeed adorned with female allegorical figures representing music, but these in place were designed by Edmund C. Thompson.
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