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

Dryad and Boar (cast of)

Summary

Type Sculpture , Statue

     On a cuboid plinth is a figurative sculpture of a small curly haired boy wearing only a loin cloth. He restrains the boar, who stands behind him, with his left hand. In his raised right hand the boy brandishes a short wooden spear. The fibre glass version weighs about half a ton.
     Original modelled by Louis Weingartner of the Bromsgrove Guild (founded c1900 disbanded 1966) in lead for Nettlebed Park, Oxfordshire at a cost of £150.(2) The mould of 1892 was restored by Terry Simons (1)
     The boar is the emblem of Bromsgrove.

Inscriptions

Front of stone plinth: 'DRYAD WITH BOAR' On bronze plate on back of plinth: 'The Bromsgrove Guild / The Bromsgrove Guild was founded by Walter / Gilbert circa 1900 attracting skilled craftsmen / from throughout Europe until its disbandment in 1966. / evidence of the Guild's fine work can be / found in many parts of the World, the most / famous example in the country being Buckingham Palace Gates. Numerous local examples exist / including much of the interior of Dodford Church / and the memorial windows in the cloisters of / Worcester Cathedral. / The original bronze statue of the Dryad and Boar / was sculptured in 1892 by Louis Weingarten / later to become a principal member of the Guild / and is located in Berne, Switzerland. / The original mould of this statue was / carefully restored by Terry Simons of Bromsgrove / and was erected as part of the enhancement / of the High Street in 1983.'

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Wiegartner, Louis Sculptor
Bromsgrove Guild, None Other
Simon, Terry Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Figures Fibre glass and bronze dustings 300cm high x 100cm wide approx.
Base Stone inset with metal plaques None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WObrBRjh002 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Bird guano
Structural condition
  • Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road High Street
Precise location outside Post Office
A-Z ref 3E 143
OS ref SO961709
Date of design 1980s (copy) 1892 (original)
Year of unveiling c1983
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Bromsgrove District Council
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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