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Public Sculpture of Bristol free pdf Bristol has an abundance of fine public sculpture adorning its streets, buildings, parks and squares. This volume draws attention to over 200 works of sculpture and includes over 400 illustrations. Bristol has been a major regional centre for over a thousand years and its fascinating history is reflected in its monuments, just as much of the history of British sculpture is reflected in the public monuments within the city. The wealth of information that this volume makes conveniently available for the first time will enable Bristol to plan for the care and conservation of this rich heritage. Rysbrack's William III in Queen Square is the finest equestrian monument in Northern Europe. It was also once the most famous public sculpture in Britain. In the eighteenth century, when Bristol was commissioning major works of art from leading artists of the day, the city was also impressively self sufficient with a number of local workshops and an outstanding dynasty of native sculptors and architects in the Paty family. In the nineteenth century notable Bristol sculptors were to move to London, including E.H. Baily, James Havard Thomas and C.J. Pibworth, but each returned to Bristol to execute important commissions. The tradition of rich architectural sculpture established by the Patys was to be continued to outstanding effect by Foster and Wood in the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth century by Sir George Oatley. Bristol has also been quick to recognise the role of sculpture in urban renewal and regeneration. The three sculptures on Baltic Wharf are early and fine examples. More recently still, there have been works that have challenged and expanded our understanding of the medium itself. It is this continuity of interest and quality that makes the sculpture of this city of special interest. Public sculpture has been defined very widely to include not only open-air sculpture but also architectural sculpture and notable sculpture inside public and semi-public buildings. Sculptures inside museums and art galleries and ecclesiastical sculpture are, as with other volumes in the series, excluded from the catalogue, but for the first time this volume includes a revealing essay on Bristol's church monuments by Katharine Eustace.

About Douglas Merritt

Katharine Eustace, a founder-member of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, has worked as a museum curator at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery. She contributed the chapter on Post- Reformation monuments to the History of Canterbury Cathedral (OUP, 1995, reprint 2002). She is the Editor of the Sculpture Journal. Douglas Merritt's long association with Bristol began when he was a director of a Fleet Street design and public relations company that had Harveys of Bristol, Rolls-Royce and the S S Great Britain amongst its clients. He studied at the Royal College of Art and following his move to bristol in 1989 became an Honorary Visiting Professor of Graphic Design at the University of the West of England. Francis Greenacre BA FMA was Curator of Fine Art at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from 1969 to 1997. At Bristol he organised a wide range of outstanding exhibitions from the first major retrospective of the work of Sir Peter Blake in 1969 to the influential 'Artists of the Newlyn School' in 1979. Most often remembered are the exhibitions celebrating the artists of the Bristol School, which Francis Greenacre has done so much to promote. These have included the large show of Francis Danby's work, which went on to the Tate Gallery in 1989, and the exhibitions of Samuel Jackson's watercolours, likewise seen in London, and of W.J.Muller and of the 'Marine Artists of Bristol'. More recently he was involved in the acquisition by the National Trust of Tyntesfield, for which he wrote the official guidebook. His most recent publication, 'From Bristol to the Sea' was published in 2005. Born in 1941 in Suffolk, Francis took his degree in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He first worked at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. His long commitment to Bristol is reflected in his involvement in several of its institutions and charities, old and new. He was High Sheriff of Avon in 1993/4.

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Author : Douglas Merritt
Publisher : Liverpool University Press
Data Published : 01 September 2010
ISBN : 184631481X
EAN : 9781846314810
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 306 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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