Item Number: 102809
Title: The Glorious Dead : Figurative Sculpture of British First World War Memorials
Author: Archer, Geoff
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Description: Kirstead: Frontier Publishing, 2009. 25cm., pbk., 416pp., 273 plates. Publisher's summary: After the First World War, many thousands of memorials were raised in Britain. Some hundreds of these featured figurative imagery, forming the largest project of public sculpture the country has ever known. Art historian Geoff Archer explains how, why and by whom memorials were produced, illustrating his work with photographs of bronze soldiers and marble allegories of Peace, Victory and Death. Aside these are the realistic images of workers, women, battledecks, tanks, trenches, horses and biplanes. The Glorious Dead is the first comprehensive art analysis of the subject and fills a previous gap in 20th century sculpture studies. It concludes with useful lists of all figurative memorials by design, date, location and maker. Here are the artists of the 1920s called upon to summon a nation’s remembrance and sorrow in solid form. George Frampton, Goscombe John and Albert Toft were already established, but C.S Jagger and Gilbert Ledward made their reputations with memorials. Here too are the works of Francis Derwent Wood, Alexander Carrick, John Cassidy, Walter Marsden, Kathleen Scott, Louis Roslyn and many others. After nine decades these sculptors’ works can be viewed in a new light.
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