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H. & G. Edwards (London, England)

Exercises in form and colour.

London : H. & G. Edwards, ca. 1884.
Physical Description:
1 box (246 items) ; 19 x 29 x 7 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PZ7 .E33 1884 Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
H. & G. Edwards, of 84, High Street, Camden Town, were purveyors and manufacturers of school, college, and lecture hall furniture, fittings and apparatus, active during the 1880s. The present set was one of 11 items exhibited by Edwards at the 1884 International Health Exhibition, in the Educational Division, held at South Kensington. See: The Health Exhibition literature. London: William Clowes, 1884. Vol. 17, page 68 (entry no. 1386).
BAC: British Art Center copy imperfect: contains 39 of 42 wooden forms. The lesson sheets are not mounted.
Elementary educational teaching tool. "Exercises in form and colour, as contained in the box. In order to use the forms, letters, and colours, contained in this box for teaching the alphabet to young children, the following directions should be attended to: Throw the forms on the floor, or on a low table which may be made by placing a black board on two forms, and take the lesson sheet of forms no. 1 in the hand, or, if mounted -- as the lessons sheets should be -- place it on a chair or lesson stand; then let the child pick up any form pointed out on the sheet, or find on the sheet any form the teacher may pick up. This exercise should not be continued very long, and should never be made a play. After a little time, the colours, which are intended to give variety, and to assist in instructing children in the use of the eye, may then be treated in the same way. After this, the capital letters. When the shape of each capital letter is well known, and can be selected by the child when pointed to, the smaller letters may be taken. Nothing should be said about the names of the letters until the child knows the form of every letter, and can pick up any one, when required, to correspond with the sheet. A good teacher will of course give interest to a lesson, by talking to the children of the corners, sides, &c., of the forms, and the number and shapes on the lines forming the different letters: children, even very young ones, may also draw the forms or letters on small slates. It is very important to avoid saying anything to little children about the names of letters -- in fact, not to call them letters at all -- until they have mastered the shapes; they may then be required to bring the letters when pointed to on the sheet by their names. This they will soon do after they well understand the various shapes and forms ..."--Instruction card.
Subject Terms:
Alphabet -- Study and teaching.
Colors -- Study and teaching.
Counting -- Study and teaching.
Education -- Great Britain.
H. & G. Edwards (London, England)
Shapes -- Study and teaching.

  • The wooden box is internally divided into sections, each with mounted printed labels. It contains: six large folded sheets for lessons 1-6
  • a folding color chart sheet, "Lessons on colour," with 20 mounted color samples
  • a thick instructional card, "Exercises in Form and Colour"
  • cards bearing the forms of capital letters (52 cards, 2 each)
  • cards bearing the forms of lower cases letters (64 cards)
  • cards bearing Arabic numerals (20 cards, 2 each for 0-9)
  • cards bearing Roman numerals (20 cards, 2 each for I-X)
  • cards bearing different shades of color (40 cards, 2 of each shade)
  • 42 shaped wooden forms.

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