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Admiral Robert Blake, General at Sea (1599-1657)


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Collection Sculpture
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Blake, Robert

Object details:

Object ID SCU0007
Description Bronze maquette or reduction of the statue of Robert Blake (1599-1657) erected at Bridgwater, Somerset, to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth. It is a full-length standing figure in the dress of a Parliamentary soldier, wearing breastplate and cloak, holding a sword in the left hand, and pointing with the right. On the square green marble plinth is a bronze plaque inscribed: 'This model of the statue of Admiral Blake erected on the Cornhill, Bridgwater is presented to Washington Lafayette Winterbotham Esq. by the sculptor and the members of the executive committee in token of their appreciation of his efforts on behalf of the Blake memorial Decr 1900.' The statuette is signed 'F.W. Pomeroy 1900' and was presented to the Museum in May 1973 by Mrs Beatrix Lonsdale of Hampstead. The statue was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1900 and unveiled at Bridgwater on 4 October that year by Lord Brassey, the politician and naval publisher. Pomeroy (1856-1924) was a notable figure in the 'New Sculpture' that emerged from the late 19th-century arts and crafts movement, his work including many collaborations with architects and a number of statues made as monuments to historical figures.
Date made 1900

Artist/Maker Pomeroy, Frederick William
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials bronze; marble
Measurements Overall: 540 x 260 x 200 mm
  • Admiral Robert Blake, General at Sea (1599-1657) (SCU0007)
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