City’s forgotten sculptor
✒ I WAS impressed to see on my recent visit to Bristol at the bottom of Park Street, a gem of Bristol’s architectural history. Many people pass by without knowing the work of the sculptor Edward Hodges Baily, who went to Bristol Grammar School. The frieze above the entrance to the Freemason’s Hall, originally the home of the Bristol Philosophical and Literacy Institu- tion, is one of many works by him.
If the many thousands of visitors, tourists and the city’s residents look upwards above the door entrance, you will see his carved workmanship. The statue of justice can also be seen at the old Council House, now Bristol’s City Hall, and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery displays his ‘Eve at the Fountain’ which is one of the most famous pieces of British Sculpture in the 19th century. Sadly though, I have noticed Bristol seems to have forgotten this great man as there are no signposts for our thousands of visitors and tourists spotlighting his work or memorials for him. So let’s keep his name alive for generations to come in the city he loved.
D F Courtney