The White Building
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
faience tile facing
TORY , GIBBS
Exterior detail: L: steel roller . R: file cutter ("nicker pecker") . Location: White Building, Fitzalan Square. Description: Building faced in tiles including those above ground floor level depicting The Sheffield Trades by A. & F. TORY. Reading from right to left across the facade the figures as described by J.B.Himsworth (a contemporary of the brothers Tory) are: "a Silversmith (with a blowpipe): a Chaser: an Engineer: a File Cutter (known locally as a 'nicker pecker'): a Steel Roller: a Cutler (with parcers on the background): a Grinder (using a flat-stick): a Hand-forger (who flourished before so much machine forging came into use): a Buffer (i.e. of non-ferrous articles and not a cutlery grinder's buffer): and a steel crucible teemer (with sweat rag in his mouth)." Commission: E.M.Gibbs (of Sheffield Architects: Flockton and Gibbs) who built and owned the building. Comment: The brothers modelled the figures which were sent away to be modelled in white faience. References: J.B.Himsworth. Typed manuscript on the City of Sheffield Artcrafts Guild, c. 1954. Sheffield Hallam University library.
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TORY, Alfred and William Frank
Sculptors. Active in Sheffield. Ex-students of Sheffield College of Art.
GIBBS, Edward Mitchell
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Public art -- England -- Sheffield
Architecture -- England -- Sheffield
Architecture -- 1900-2000
Sculpture -- England -- Sheffield
Relief (Sculpture), English
Decoration and ornament, Architectural
Industries -- England -- Sheffield