Owen’s legacy marked in bronze bust
A bust in honour of one of the greatest poets to emerge from the First World War has been unveiled at Scarborough Art Gallery, where it is on public display. The carefullycrafted sculpture depicts Wilfred Owen and was unveiled on Saturday, with a reading of three of Owen’s poems written during his recuperation at what is now the Clifton Hotel. The bust, made by award-winning Anthony Padgett, was offered to Scarborough by the accomplished artist via the Civic Society and local branch of the Wilfred Owen Association and was accepted by Scarborough Museums Trust.
He told an audience of 50 about the role of the Sitwells in helping to promote Owen’s work – which had not been published prior to his death in 1918, just a week before the war’s end.