Goscombe John - Other Work

Other Work

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Statue of Viscount Wolseley on Horse Guards’ Parade Much information on this Goscombe John work can be gleaned from The National Archives' files at their Kew offices. File

WORK 20/105 covers the period November 1913 to August 1920 and gives us background information on the choosing of the site for the memorial and its design. The correspondence involves, amongst others, H.M.Office of Works, the War Office, the Committee of the Memorial to Lord Wolseley, Lady Wolseley, the Prime Minister’s Office, and Goscombe John (many hand written letters written from his 24 Greville Road, St.John’s Wood address). We read that it was a visit to Cardiff by the First Commissioner of Works that prompted him to suggest using Goscombe John to the memorials organising committee; He had seen Goscombe Johns' equestrian statue of Lord Tredegar there and was most impressed by it. The First Commissioner wrote " This statue is certainly one of the most striking modern equestrian statues I have ever seen, and I think Goscombe John is well worthy of your consideration as a sculptor for the Wolseley Memorial". We also learn that Lady Wolseley was involved in the choice of uniform which Wolseley would wear in the statue. The First Commissioner had suggested less formal wear ( "the kind of garb he wore, say, during the Egyptian Campaign, or some active service kit.") but Lady Wolseley preferred that her husband be shown in full Field Marshal’s attire. It is also interesting to read that at one point Lady Wolseley wrote that many of Lord Wolseley’s friends wished that Adrian Jones be given the commission. She talked in admiring terms of Jones’ statue of the Duke of Cambridge (in Whitehall). She had seen a photograph of the Lord Tredegar statue but was not impressed with the representation of the horse. Later however we learn that Lady Wolseley had seen Goscombe John’s model for the statue and had been happy with it. From another file, WORK 20/213, we learn that during the 1939-1945 war and after suffering bomb damage the statue was moved to Berkhampstead Castle in 1941 to avoid the risk of further damage and stayed there until 1949.

Equestrian statue of Godfrey, First Viscount Tredegar Cardiff In Gorsedd Gardens is the equestrian statue of Godfrey, First Viscount Tredegar, who took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade. This statue was unveiled on 25 October 1909. Also includes some splendid reliefs by Goscombe John.
The Boy Scout Goscombe John executed this bronze in 1910 and it is currently held in the collection of the Amgueddfa Cymru Caerdydd Accession number: NMW A 126. It was the gift of Lady Webb. This figure was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1910and is in fact a portrait of Basil Webb, the only son of Henry Webb, of Llwynarthau, Monmouthshire, a Liberal MP and mining engineer, who was a director of David Davies's Ocean Coal Company. The sitter served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Welsh Guards during the First World War and was killed in December 1917. See entry above. This sculpture was included in "An Exhibition of Works by Certain Modern Artists of Welsh Birth or Extraction" held in 1913-14
Merlin and Arthur Cardiff Another work held in the collection of the Amgueddfa Cymru Caerdydd Accession number: NMW A 127. This work dates to circa 1896. This bronze was exhibited at The Royal Academy in 1902.
Statue of Thomas Charles Edwards Aberystwyth Thomas Charles Edwards was a Welsh minister, writer and academic who was the first Principal of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Goscombe John executed a statue of Edwards which was unveiled in 1922 and stands in the University's forecourt.
Tomb of Dean Vaughan Llandaff In 1900 Goscombe John executed a marble, life-sized depiction for Vaughan's tomb in Llandaff Cathedral (north choir-aisle)
Memorial Relief to the late Canon Guy D.D Llandaff Also in Llandaff Cathedral, Goscombe John executed this relief in 1897 according to Academy Architecture and Architectural Review, No. 1996.
Statue of James Rice Buckley Llandaff This 1926 bronze stands on a granite pedestal by Llandaff Cathedral. James Rice Buckley had been Vicar of Llandaff from 1878 to 1913, and then Archdeacon of Llandaff from 1913 to 1924.
Statue of John Cory Cardiff In 1905/6 Goscombe John executed a statue of John Cory which stands in Gorsedd Gardens.

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