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

Allegorical Figure Groups

Summary

     Four allegorical figure groups: NE corner: Peace (a female with a child and spinning wheel) and War (a male warrior) NW corner: Philosophy (a bearded male with a book and skull) and Inspiration (a female with a lute) SE corner: Navigation (a female with a rope and a ship's tiller) and Shipbuilding (a female with a model ship) SW corner: Commerce (a female with a money bag, her feet resting on books) and Industry (a male with a hammer and anvil)
     The bridge was designed in 1912. Reference to 'certain allegorical statuary proposed to be placed at the north and south ends' was first made in the minutes of the Sub-Committee on Parks 2 February 1912 (1). In October 1913 the bridge was nearing completion and a sub-committee was formed to consider the placing of statuary upon it. Montford received the commission for the sculpture groups after an open competition organised by Glasgow Corporation in 1914. The competition's adjudicator was Sir George Frampton; the £50 second prize went to Alexander Proudfoot. Disagreement about price between Montford and the Corporation held up the work, and the plaster models were not ready until August 1918. The bronze casting was then postponed because of the high cost of materials after the War and because of disagreement over the price between the founder and the Corporation. The completed bronze groups were eventually placed on the bridge in 1926
    

Inscriptions

On panel attached to groups 'Peace and War' and 'Philosophy and Inspiration': THIS GROUP WAS BADLY DAMAGED BY ENEMY ACTION DURING THE NIGHT OF 13-14 MARCH 1941. RESTORED UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF BENNO SCHOTZ RSA BY THE MORRIS-SINGER CO LTD 1951

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Montford, Paul Raphael Sculptor
Schotz, Benno Restorer
Burton, A.B. Foundry
Morris Singer, None Foundry

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
All Bronze None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
PA/007 GW
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Other
Structural condition
  • Replaced parts
Vandalism
  • None
Road Kelvin Way
Precise location On bridge over the River Kelvin
A-Z ref 34 J14
OS ref None

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Date of design 1912-1926
Year of unveiling 1926
Unveiling details Figure groups placed on bridge, 1926
Commissioned by Glasgow Corporation
Duty of care Glasgow City Council
Listing status II*
At risk? No known risk

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