William Dyce - study of the architrave of an ancient Roman building

William Dyce - study of the architrave of an ancient Roman building

Education in art and design underwent radical reform in the 1830s in order to meet the demands of industry. Dyce, superintendent of the first state-funded school of design, banished the life model and instead set students to copy antique and Renaissance ornament. He hoped this would teach trainee industrial designers about the 'correct' decorative use of natural forms.