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Four relief panels

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Author: Anthony McIntosh and Jill Seddon
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Location

Street:Marine Parade
Town:Worthing
Parish:Worthing
Council:Adur District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:BN11
Location on Google Map
Object setting:On building
Access is:Public
Location note:Right hand wall of the Denton Lounge on the Pier
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:171
Grid reference:H3
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.
OS Reference:TQ1402

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Makers

Name : Laurence Henderson Bradshaw
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Construction period:1959-1960
Installation date:1960 ca.
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Worthing Borough Council
Object listing:Not listed
Building listing:II
Listing date:30/07/1975
Description:Four wall-mounted panels, with incised decoration. Two end panels same dolphin and trident motif. Second panel profile head of Minerva; third panel profile head of Neptune.
Iconographical description:Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom and mental activities, and also the protective deity of the arts and crafts, who granted talents to mankind. She came to be identified with Athena, her Greek counterpart. Neptune (Latin: Neptūnus) is the god of the sea in Roman mythology. He was a relative of Ceres. He is analogous but not identical to the god Poseidon of Greek mythology. The Roman conception of Neptune owed a great deal to the Etruscan god Nethuns. Neptune was associated as well with fresh water, as opposed to Oceanus, god of the world-ocean. Like Poseidon, Neptune was also worshipped by the Romans as a horse god, under the name Neptune Equester, patron of horse-racing. Neptune was the Roman god of the sea, wed to Salacia, a goddess of salt water, who corresponded to Amphitrite. Neptune was the Roman counterpart of Poseidon.
Signatures:LAWRENCE BRADSHAW on the two central panels at the bottom right hand corner (date indecipherable)..
Inscription:Bottom of the panel, second from left inscribed:
MINERVA

Along the right hand side of the panel, third from left, inscribed:
NEPTUNE

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Classification

Categories:Composite, Architectural, Animal, Sculptural
Object type1:Relief
Object type2:Panel
Subject type1:Pictorial
     Subject subtype1:Head
Subject type2:Mythological
     Subject subtype1:Group

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Object Parts

Part 1:4 reliefs (each)
     Material:Concrete
     Height (cm):153
     Width (cm):132
     Depth (cm):10

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Fair
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Abrasions, cracks, splits
     Condition 2: Biological growth
     More details:Cracks (and repair) on bottom right hand corner of third panel (Neptune).On the third panel, previous repairs have obscured the title.
Condition 2 of type:Structural
     More details:Restored late 2008 / early 2009
Date of on-site inspection:16/11/2007

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History

History:Laurence Henderson Bradshaw Archive (1899-1978) Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Laurence Henderson Bradshaw was born in April 1899 at Wallasey. He was a sculptor, engraver and painter. Bradshaw was involved with the British Soviet Friendship Society, the Royal Society of British Sculptors, and was elected Master of the Art Workers Guild, 1958. He was the official war artist for the Norwegian government in World War Two and was rewarded for his contribution to the arts with a civil list pension from the British government. Laurence Bradshaw’s major, but also the most controversial work, is the Karl Marx Memorial of 1956. He also made many portrait busts and carried out public commissions, particularly in conjunction with architects. His designs for theatre scenery are housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The material in the archive was presented by Mrs Eileen Bradshaw, Lawrence Bradshaw’s widow, in October 1994. There have been a number of small additions to the archive up to August 1995, including the Karl Marx Memorial maquette. The archive now includes correspondence, drawings, photographs, newspaper cuttings, and other printed material relating to his work.

Architect of Denton Lounge was John Brandon Jones (1908-1999), who worked with Charles Cowles Voysey (and Bradshaw) on Worthing Town Hall and Assembly Hall 1933-4 and took over his architectural practice in 1954 (Obituary, Alan Powers, The Independent 11 May 1999) Voysey designed the White Rock, Pavilion, Hastings in 1927.

Laurence Bradshaw archive, Henry Moore Institutue,Leeds
Box of papers BR/P1
18. 3 PHOTOS MINERVA (ON BACK ‘WORTHING PAVILLION (SIC) ONE OF FOUR PANELS 1960 ARCH. BRANDON-JONES AND 2 FISH/TRIDENTS’

No mention of the reliefs in accounts of the opening of the Denton Lounge in 1959, so they may have been added later:
Worthing Gazette July 22, 1959 p.1 “Mayor Will Open New Lounge at Noon’ opening ceremony 12 noon 31st July
Worthing gazette July 29, 1959 p.6 ‘Denton Lounge is Ready for Opening’ Architects Brandon-Jones, Ashton and Broadbent A/ARIBA 2 Redington Road, London N3
Worthing Gazette August 5, 1959, p.3 ‘Denton Lounge Opened’ p.6 ‘The Mayor Opens Denton Lounge’

Sources:
Potter, Susan and Wilcox, Tim (eds), Public Art in West Sussex, West Sussex County Council, 1995, p. 24
Laurence Bradshaw archive, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Interview with Mrs Eileen Bradshaw, Braintree, Essex 4.10.08
Lindey, Christine, ‘The Man who Moulded Marx’ The Morning Star, 4 April 2007, p.9
Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:Sculpture of Laurence Bradshaw 1917-1991
     Type:Archive
     Location:Henry Moore Institute Archive
     Catalogue reference:53.1994

Source 2 :
     Title:'Public Art in West Sussex'
     Type:Book
     Author:Potter, Susan and Wilcox, Tim (eds)
     Date:00/00/1995
     Page:24
     Publisher:West Sussex County Council

Source 3 :
     Title:'A Dictionary of Mythologies'
     Type:Book
     Author:Shapiro, Max S and Hendricks, Rhoda A.
     Date:00/00/1981
     Publisher:Granada Publishing Ltd.. St. Albans.


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Date: 16/11/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh and Jill Seddon
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Date: 16/11/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh and Jill Seddon
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 16/11/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh and Jill Seddon
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 16/11/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh and Jill Seddon
Copyright: Creative Commons

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