The most recent edition of the SPS Alumni magazine, the Alumni Horae, includes an in-depth article on the history of Form plaques at SPS. Expertly written by Jana Brown, it includes information on how the tradition of the plaques began, a look at the first carver, J. Gregory Wiggins, and details of how the tradition is being carried on today.
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The Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives website is now offering an online exhibit of photographs of Form plaques from the SPS Archives entitled: The Form Plaques of St. Paul’s School: John Gregory Wiggins. The exhibit is described on Ohrstrom Blog:
Eighteen images have been selected as the focus of the exhibit. Each image includes a description of the symbols employed in the plaque design and is written by the carver of the plaques, John Gregory Wiggins. In addition to the individual entries in the exhibit you can take a quick overview of the plaques by viewing a slideshow of the images. The exhibit offers a great introduction to this School tradition, and helps to decipher some of the interesting imagery used to depict aspects of St. Paul’s School history.
There are a total of forty-two Form plaque images now on OLDA which can all be seen by clicking HERE.
A more detailed description of the history of the Form plaques and the work of John Gregory Wiggins can be found HERE.
Both of these links provide a great introduction to the types of imagery used in the early Form plaque designs, and browsing through the exhibit as well as the individual entries will be a helpful reference source for students in developing themes and design concepts for future plaque designs.