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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Mother and Child

Summary

Type Sculpture

     Standing group of mother and small boy. The boy leans close to his mother's left side, clasping her skirt with his left hand. The mother's left hand rests on his head. His right arm stretches behind her to hold her right hand. From her right wrist hangs a 'string' shopping bag with what appear to be books at the bottom, plus a roll of string or yarn and a baby doll, plus an [unidentified] object decorated with a monogram.
         

Inscriptions

- on inscription plaque on library wall to rear of sculpture: MOTHER AND CHILD / THIS SCULPTURE BY R.J.R. THOMAS OF / "MOTHER AND CHILD" WAS AWARDED / THE SIR OTTO BEIT PRIZE FOR 1963 / [space] / THE SCULPTURE USED TO BE SITED IN / THE PRECINCT SHOPPING CENTRE AND / WAS PROVIDED WITH A NEW HOME IN / 1992 WHEN THE NEW LIBRARY / FRONTAGE WAS IMPROVED

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Thomas, Robert John Royden Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
sculpture bronze, green patination h. 225 cm; w. 97 cm; d. 45 cm
upper base bronze, green patination h. 7.5cm; w. 120.5cm; d. 53.5cm
lower base bronze, green patination h. 5.5 cm; w. 132 cm; d. 66 cm

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
LE031TC1AY EM
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road High Street
Precise location In front of the public library, to the right of the entrance
A-Z ref 14 B2 (1)
OS ref SK425143
Date of design 1962-1963
Year of unveiling 1963
Unveiling details [?May] 1963
Commissioned by Triland (Coalville) Ltd [architects for Belvoir shopping centre]
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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