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

Statue to Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

Summary

Type Sculpture , Statue

     cuboid base to bronze standing figure. The poet, Rupert Brooke, is shown in standing pensive pose, his right arm folded across his chest, the left raised to his cheek. He is casually dressed and shoeless, to demonstrate Brooke's 'back-to-nature' phases and his hatred of shoes.
     Funded by public subscription and unveiled by Mary and Jeffrey Archer. The cost of the statue was £7,000. The Rupert Brooke Centenary Association was founded in June 1985 with three aims, firstly the commissioning of a statue of Brooke, secondly the establishment of an annual school prize in Rugby and thirdly a series of events for the centenary year.
     Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) was born in Rugby, Warwickshire, England. He was a pupil at Rugby School, and a student at King's College, Cambridge. He travelled in Germany, and visited the USA and Tahiti. His war poetry was published in 1911, and 1914, and posthumously in 1915. He died from blood poisoning on Skyros, where he was buried. His handsome appearance and untimely death made him a favourite poet among young people in the interwar period.

Inscriptions

Inscribed in black on base: 'RUPERT BROOKE / 1887 - 1915 / "IF I SHOULD DIE THINK ONLY THIS OF ME / THAT THERE IS SOME CORNER OF A FOREIGN FIELD / THAT IS FOREVER ENGLAND." '

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Jones, Ivor Robert Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze None
Base Portland Stone 100cm high x 100cm wide x 100cm deep approx.

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WAruRUxx004 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Regent Street
Precise location In garden at junction with Regent Place
A-Z ref None
OS ref SP504754
Date of design 1988
Year of unveiling 1988
Unveiling details 3 September 1988
Commissioned by Rupert Brooke Centenary Association
Duty of care Rugby Borough Council.
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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