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Statue of Sir John Cordy Burrows

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Location

Street:Steine Gardens
Town:Brighton
Parish:Brighton
Council:Brighton & Hove City Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN1
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Object setting:Garden
Access is:Public
Location note:Facing the Royal York Building on Old Steine
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:162
Grid reference:F9
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:TQ310060
Previous location:The Royal Pavilion Gardens (moved 1984)

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Makers

Name : Edward Bowring Stephens A.R.A.
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Memorial committee
Construction period:1878
Installation date:1878
Unveiling date:14/02/1878
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Brighton & Hove City Council
Object listing:Grade II: of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them
Listing date:26/08/1999
Description:Full length statue. Burrows is depicted in Mayoral robes on a stepped square plinth, the bottom step rusticated.
Signatures:Base of statue, right hand side (facing east):
E.B. STEPHENS 1878
Inscription:On pedestal:

SIR JOHN CORDY BURROWS KNT.
THREE TIMES MAYOR OF BRIGHTON

ERECTED BY HIS FELLOW TOWNSMEN
AS A MARK OF THEIR ESTEEM
1878

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Free Standing, Commemorative
Object type1:Statue
Object type2:Sculpture
Subject type1:Portrait
     Subject subtype1:Standing
Subject type2:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Full-length

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Object Parts

Part 1:Plinth
     Material:Grey granite
     Height (cm):240
     Width (cm):127
     Depth (cm):127
Part 2:Statue
     Material:White Sicilian marble
     Height (cm):200
     Width (cm):65
     Depth (cm):65

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Corrosion, Deterioration
     More details:Some discolouration and blackening of surface, most likely caused by pollution
Date of on-site inspection:10/11/2005

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History

History:Burrows was a surgeon and active member of the Council. He was elected Mayor of Brighton three times. He was knighted in 1873.

The cost of the memorial, raised by a memorial Committee, was over £700 and it was originally erected in front of Carlisle House near the Royal Pavilion and moved to its present position in 1984 when the Pavilion grounds were remodelled. Sir John had lived and practised in Brighton since 1837, having trained as a surgeon in Suffolk. He was elected an alderman to the first borough council in 1854, going on to serve as mayor in 1857,1858 and 1871. He was also responsible for the selecting the town’s motto, In Deo Fidemus (1). The statue commemorates Sir John's many acts of philanthropy in the town; at the unveiling ceremony, the current mayor, Alderman Mayall listed, among others, his connections with the Literary and Scientific Institution (which he co-founded in 1841); the Working Men’s Institute, the Steine Fountain (the plans for which he initiated); the Museum, Library and Picture Gallery, the Aquarium, the Children’s Hospital and the ‘great Drainage scheme (2). E.B. Stephens’s sculpture attracted favourable comment in the local press, which described it as ‘…[standing] out in its virgin whiteness in the damp and hazy atmosphere (3). The unveiling was accompanied by a specially composed ode, performed by members of the Brighton Sacred Harmonic Society who had also carried out Sir John’s wish that they should sing over his grave. The inauguration of the memorial at midday was followed by a mayoral reception in the evening held in the Dome.
(1) Carder, T., The Encylopaedia of Brighton, East Sussex County Libraraies, Lewes, entry114d
(2) Brighton Herald, 16th Febraury, 1878
(3) Ibid
Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:Brighton Gazette
     Type:Newspaper
     Date:14/02/1878

Source 2 :
     Title:Brighton Herald
     Type:Newspaper
     Date:16/02/1878

Source 3 :
     Title:'Encyclopaedia OF Brighton'
     Type:Book
     Author:Carder, Timothy
     Date:00/00/1990
     Publisher:East Sussex County Libraries. Lewes.


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Date: 19/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 19/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 19/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 19/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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