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

Izaak Walton

Summary

Type Sculpture

     This larger than lifesize sculpture depicts the angler, standing on a base of rough ground with sawn tree stumps, with a fisherman's wicker basket to his right. He is looking ahead, left hand and forearm slightly outstretched, thumb raised. The right hand is holding a wide brimmed hat hanging down by his side. The figure has long hair, thigh length boots and a buttoned tunic with an over bib laced to the neck. On the left side a bronze tube is screwed to the upper leg and is not part of the casting.
          Izaak Walton (1593-1683) was a native of Stafford and there are a number of sites throughout the County associated with him. He is best known for The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation, which first appeared in 1653 and was frequently revised with the addition of new material. It still remains a classic of angling literature as well as a celebration of the English countryside. As an author, Walton was also known for his biographies of several senior churchmen, the best known being John Donne, as well as Sir Henry Wotton and George Herbert.

Inscriptions

on bronze plaque on wedge shaped stone base: This state of Stafford-born Izaak Walton author biographer and angler/was presented to the people of the town by the Staffordshire Newsletter to commemorate the Second Millennium by Managing Director Peter Atkins/and accepted on their behalf by the Mayor of Stafford Councillor Peter Bruce./It was funded by staff and readers of the Staffordshire Newsletter with support from Staffordshire County Council's Public Art Fund./Unveiled by Lord Iliffe Chairman Yattendon Investment Trust plc proprietors of Staffordshire Newsletter on 5 September 2000/Modelled by Peter Walker, a student of Stafford College/Cast by Morris Singer Limited

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Singer Morris Foundry, None Foundry
Walker, Peter Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Bronze 2.15m high x 70cm wide x 40cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STstSTxx020 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Bird guano
  • Other
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Victoria Road/Izaak Walton Walk
Precise location adjacent to footpath alongside River Sow, aproximately 50 metres south of bridge in Victoria Road
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ919229
Date of design 1999-2000
Year of unveiling 2000
Unveiling details Unveiled 5 September 2000
Commissioned by Staffordshire Newsletter
Duty of care Stafford Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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