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

Terpischore

Summary

Type Statue , Fountain

     The bronze figure of the goddess Terpsichore, the Muse of Choral Dance and Song, is represented as a young woman singing and holding a lyre and a coronal of palms. She stands in a large stone bowl decorated with gargoyle spouts, and this is placed in the centre of a ground level stone basin. This is the first of Bloye's fountains with female figures, begun in 1932, and is an interpretation of the Spirit of Youth, showing that, as Bloye wrote, "the loveliness of seventeen is centuries old."(1) W.A. Cadbury, a director of the firm, considered that youth had "played a very big part in the creation and progress of this business of our".(2)
     In 1931, Bloye, the 'well-known Birmingham sculptor' was commissioned to produce a fountain for the centenary of the Cadbury factory as a gift from the employees to the firm.(3)
     The goddess Terpsichore, the Muse of Choral Dance and Song.

Inscriptions

The inscription carved around the rim of the pool includes an indirect quotation from a passage in Theodore Dreiser's novel Jennie Gerhardt (published 1911) 'FROM THE EMPLOYEES TO THE FIRM OF CADBURY IN COMMEMORATION OF THEIR CENTENARY 1831-1931 / ONE HUNDRED TIMES THE SWALLOWS TO THE EAVE'

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bloye, William James Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Bowl Stone 2m
Terpischore Bronze 1.85m high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx043 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Other
Structural condition
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Bournville Lane
Precise location Cadbury factory grounds, in front of the dining hall terrace.
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1932-33
Year of unveiling 1933
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by The Employees of Cadbury
Duty of care Cadbury Schweppes
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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