City’s for­got­ten sculp­tor

Bristol Post - - LETTERS & OPINION -

✒ 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


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