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

George Barker (1775-1845)

Summary

Type Statue

     Standing on a tall pedestal, the bust is carved in the romantic classical style typical of Hollins' sculpture: robes loosely hung round the shoulders, head turned away and with hair blown forward. However, the facial features are sensitively modelled, showing both calm and intelligence.
     As the Triennial Festival raised large sums of money for the benefit of the General Hospital, the bust was appropriately place in the Hospital boardroom. It is now on permanent loan to Lee, Crowder and Co., a firm of solicitors founded by Barker, himself an attorney. This firm managed many of the hospital's legal affairs.Hollins was paid 100 guineas for the bust.(1)
     In recognition of George Barker's work as chairman of the Birmingham Triennial Festival Committee, a position he held for many years until he retired due to ill health in 1843, a public subscription raised £560 in 1844, which paid for a gift to him of silverware and this portrait bust.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Hollins, Peter Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Bust Marble 77cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx133 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Other
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road 24 Harbourne Road
Precise location Lee, Crowder and Co., Solicitors, entrance hall
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1844
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Birmingham General Hospita
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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