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

The National Recording Project Series - Public Sculpture of Britain

The NRP series Public Sculpture of Britain, published by Liverpool University Press, aims to provide a full survey of public sculpture nationwide. These fully illustrated volumes deal comprehensively with works occupying public space. They constitute an essential resource for all those involved. Liverpool University Press books are available from good bookstores. Alternatively you can purchase direct from their website  where prices and further details can be found.

Public Sculpture of Norfolk and Suffolk by Richard Cocke.

Public Sculpture of Norfolk and Suffolk

Public Sculpture of Norfolk and Suffolk combines a detailed catalogue of over three hundred entries, many with new information and outstanding photography, with an introduction setting the work into its historical background.

Readers will be interested in early examples of civic and church monuments and notable finds, including two of the Coade stone Victories from the Nelson Monument in Great Yarmouth, J.B. Clésinger’s Fighting Bulls at Lynford — one of the most important and least known French monumental sculptures in England — and the Ringsfield memorial to Princess Caroline Murat by a major, but unidentified, Italian sculptor.

With clarity and readability, the volume will be attractive to a wide nonspecialist audience. The introduction explores the reasons for the region’s lack of enthusiasm for free-standing statuary, with the exception of horses, above all, but not exclusively, at Newmarket. By contrast, architectural decoration flourished across the region, most notably in the Edwardian era with G.J. Skipper in Norwich, and in the new sea-side hotels and cinemas.

The region has been enriched by private patrons: Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury at the University of East Anglia, Lord Cholmondeley at Houghton, Barbara Hepworth’s gift to Snape at Benjamin Britten’s request and Maggi Hambling’s Scallop memorial for Britten at Aldeburgh. Memorials commemorate loss at sea, in the air (for the many USAAF bomb groups stationed in East Anglia) and on land (Boer, First and Second World Wars), often with a common emphasis on the cost of war. Finally the millennium resulted in a new burst of civic commissions and a belated enthusiasm for commemorative statues.

Published May 2013.
300 black and white illustrations, 220 x 250 mm.
ISBN: 9781846317125

Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside (excluding Liverpool)
by Edward Morris, Emma Roberts, Reg Phillips and Timothy Stevens.

Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside (excluding Liverpool)

This is the fifteenth volume of a series which has achieved an international reputation, and expands on Terry Cavanagh's volume, Public Sculpture of Liverpool. Cheshire and Merseyside are exceptionally rich in public sculpture. Church monuments include fine neoclassical works by Lorenzo Bartolini and Pietro Tenerani, the two artists who dominated Italian sculpture after the death of Canova in 1822. The very moving Ellen Legh memorial at Winwick of about 1831 is R.J. Wyatt’s masterpiece. As for architectural sculpture the reliefs on the Municipal Buildings at Crewe by Frederick Schenk of 1902-4 are among the best examples of the so-called “New Sculpture.” There are superb war memorials by the leading sculptors of the period, Goscombe John, Sargeant Jagger, Hermon Cawthra, C.J. Allen, Alfred Drury and Tyson Smith at Port Sunlight, West Kirby, Bootle, Eastham, Warrington, Birkenhead and Southport. The war memorial at Macclesfield by the Manchester sculptor John Millard is of exceptional and highly unusual realism. Statues and monuments to the great industrialists who transformed northern Cheshire around 1900 can be found at Northwich, Bootle, Birkenhead and Port Sunlight. George Frampton’s symbolist statues of Queen Victoria at Southport and St Helens are among his finest public works. More recently Antony Gormley’s evocative “iron men” on Crosby Beach and Jaume Plensa’s expressive Dream at a former colliery at St Helens have acquired a national reputation. The book has a catalogue section with a very detailed account of about 220 sculptures covering dating, commissioning, attribution, style, subject matter, cost, materials, dimensions, inscriptions, influence, condition, repairs, relocation, contemporary criticism and present reputation. Nearly all these sculptures are illustrated in the book by at least one photograph. There is an extended introduction analyzing the various types of public sculpture in the area and their history with reproductions of historic photographs. Detailed biographies of all the local sculptors can be found in a separate section.

Published September 2012. 384pp. 230 black and white illustrations, 220 x 250 mm.

Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster: Volume 1
by Philip Ward-Jackson.

Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster: Volume 1

This book is a survey of the outdoor statuary in the area of London where national government is conducted and which includes a large proportion of what is known as the “West End”. It excludes only those sculptures which were conceived as integral to buildings, for which a separate volume is planned, and covers predominantly commemorative monuments to royalty and politicians, war memorials, fountains and works of art placed in the street for public enjoyment. For each work there are one or more illustrations and catalogue details. In the case of commemorations of individuals, the brief biography preceding the entry focusses on the achievements celebrated. The entries themselves provide blow-by -blow accounts of how individual works came to be erected, with particular emphasis on the selection of artist and site. These histories are accompanied by surveys of contemporary and later critical responses, and some account of the work’s “afterlife” and conservation history, particularly where any significant change has been made to the work.

The introduction addresses general issues of policy on commemoration and attitudes to the beautification of the metropolis. In the process instances of royal intervention, and the adaptation of bureaucratic structures within national and local government to conserve and promote public art, along with relevant legislation, are explored. The use of Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square and the Victoria Embankment as sites for commemoration is discussed in sections within the topographical survey, and. brief biographies of sculptors and architects are included at the end of the volume.

Published January 2012. 500pp. 320 black & white illustrations, 220 x 250 mm, hardback and paperback.

Public Sculpture of Outer South and West London
by Fran Lloyd, Helen Potkin and Davina Thackara

Public Sculpture of Outer South and West London

This volume focuses on the public sculpture and monuments in the eight boroughs of outer south and west London. These stretch in a curve from the northernmost borough of Hillingdon, which borders the boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow, to Richmond that straddles the Thames, to the southern boroughs Kingston, Merton, Sutton, and Croydon. Of the 300 public monuments and sculptures detailed, over three quarters were originally commissioned by wealthy royal and aristocratic patrons to adorn their private residencies from the 16th to the 18th century. The wealth of works include architectural reliefs, statues, and garden ornaments such as fountains and urns produced by major metropolitan sculptors. Hampton Court Palace has architectural and garden sculpture by John Van Nost, Gabriel Caius Cibber, Grinling Gibbons and Edward Pierce. Cibber’s Hercules pediment was perhaps Britain’s first monumental pediment sculpture later imitated throughout the country. At Chiswick House Lord Burlington with his supreme knowledge of European sculpture employed Michael Rysbrack, Peter Scheemakers and Giovanni Battista Guelfi. The rise of new patrons in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the desire to establish strong local identities resulted in a rich diversity of monuments, obelisks, bridges, fountains and clock towers. Municipal patronage replaced private commissions exemplified by Croydon’s Town Hall, Library and Law Courts with its ambitious programme of decorative and symbolist sculpture emphasizing education, public order and other civic virtues. Education is also the theme of Hamo Thornycroft’s statue of John Colet, the founder of St Paul’s School. Early aviation at Croydon and Heathrow inspired much distinctive public sculpture and more recently prosperous commercial centres within the boroughs include the hundred-acre Stockley Business Park which has provided a wealth of contemporary work by major sculptors such as Stephen Cox, and William Pye, alongside works by Nigel Hall and David Mach commissioned by Kingston in partnership with Kingston University.

Published 16 December 2011. 404pp, 250 black and white illustrations, 220 x 250 mm. Hardback only.

Public Sculpture of Bristol by Douglas Merritt and Francis Greenacre with Katherine Eustace.

Public Sculpture of Bristol

Bristol has an abundance of fine public sculpture adorning its streets, buildings, parks and squares. This volume offers a comprehensive review of the history of public sculpture in Bristol over the last 800 years, with a detailed catalogue of over 200 works and over 400 illustrations. Nothing on this scale has been published before on Bristol.

Bristol has been a major regional centre for over a thousand years and its fascinating history is reflected in its monuments, just as much of the history of British sculpture is reflected in the public monuments within the city. The wealth of information that this volume makes conveniently available for the first time will enable Bristol to plan for the care and conservation of this rich heritage.

Douglas Merritt studied at the Royal College of Art and following his move to Bristol in 1989 became an Honorary Visiting Professor of Graphic Design at the University of the West of England.

Francis Greenacre BA FMA was Curator of Fine Art at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from 1969 to 1997.

Katharine Eustace, a founder-member of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, has worked as a museum curator at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery. She is Editor of the Sculpture Journal.

Published 2011. 306pp, 220 x 250mm.
ISBN: 9781846314810 (hb), 9781846316388 (pb).

Public Sculpture of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire by George T. Noszlopy and Fiona Waterhouse.

Public Sculpture of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire

This book is the fourth and last part of George Noszlopy's great West Midlands sculpture project, following three former volumes: Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield (1998); Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull (2003); and Staffordshire and the Black Country (2005). It is the eleventh volume in the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association series, which aims to disseminate research into the commissioning, execution, installation and reception of these important works of art in public spaces – significant parts of our cultural history and heritage.
An introductory essay outlines the distinct features of public sculpture in the region and draws the reader's attention to changes in the types of work commissioned over time. It is followed by the main body of the work, a catalogue of public sculpture and monuments dating from medieval times up to 2005. This is arranged alphabetically by town or village within each county. A glossary of terms and short biographies of the artists are provided, as well as a bibliography.
George T. Noszlopy is professor emeritus of art history at the University of Central England. His previous publications include the Birmingham Sculpture Trails. Fiona Waterhouse is a researcher at the University of Central England.

Published July 2010. 356pp, 250 x 220mm.

Liverpool Sculpture Trails by Andrew Jackson. 

Liverpool Sculpture Trails

This book is the second in a series of pocket guides to regional sculpture, building on the highly successful public Sculpture of Britain series. The richly illustrated volume includes more than one hundred colour photographs and showcases the extraordinarily rich array of monuments and sculptures in the city of Liverpool. The city has a greater heritage of public sculpture than any English city outside London, including iconic contemporary works, and this stunning volume is an essential companion to Liverpool.

Published in 2009. 224pp, 200 x 125mm.
ISBN: 9781846311673 (pb).

Birmingham Sculpture Trails by George T. Noszlopy and Fiona Waterhouse.

Birmingham Sculpture Trails

This book is the first in a series of pocket guides to regional sculpture, building on the highly successful Public Sculpture of Britain series. This richly illustrated volume includes more than one hundred colour photographs and showcases the rich array of monuments and sculptures in the city of Birmingham. Birmingham not only attracted major sculptors from London, but as a great manufacturing city it possessed busy workshops of local sculptors, often closely associated with its progressive and important art school. This stunning volume will be required reading for anyone interested in public sculpture and will also be welcomed by a regional readership determined to find out more about the cultural heritage of Britain's second city.
George T. Noszlopy is Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Central England. Fiona Waterhouse is a researcher at the University of Central England.

Published in December 2007. 224pp, 200 x 125mm.
ISBN: 9781846311345 (pb)

Public Sculpture of South London by Terry Cavanagh.

Public Sculpture of South London

In this volume, the tenth in the Public Sculpture of Britain series, the immensely varied and very important public sculpture of the Boroughs of Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham are illustrated and catalogued in great detail. At Guy's hospital John Bacon the elder's Monument to Thomas Guy of 1779, certainly his masterpiece, reflects the new philanthropy of the period. Scarcely less notable are the statues of Thomas Guy and of Edward VI by Peter Scheemakers at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals. George Tinworth's Doulton Memorial and his Doulton Artists on Doulton's former premises commemorate both the great South London patron and the sculptor. Eric Kennington's Memorial to the 24th Division is one of the most memorable war memorials in London. Henry Moore's Three Standing Figures in Battersea Park was the first significant public sculpture to be erected in London after the Second World War. Its stormy reception is closely described in this volume. Barbara Hepworth's Single Form (Memorial) is also in Battersea Park. Moore's Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 3 in the Brandon Estate was one of the first examples of public sculpture used by a local authority for social regeneration. The Hayward Gallery Neon Tower of 1969–72 by Philip Vaughan and Roger Dainton was one of the first public demonstrations of these new materials and techniques. Michael Sandle's International Memorial to Seafarers of 2000–2001 is perhaps the most recent example of notable public sculpture in the area.

Published in December 2007. 336pp, 220 x 250mm.
ISBN: 9781846310638 (hb), 9781846310751 (pb).

Public Sculpture of Staffordshire and the Black Country by George T. Noszlopy and Fiona Waterhouse (University of Central England).

Public Sculpture of Staffordshire and the Black Country

This ninth volume of Public Sculpture of Britain includes all of Staffordshire together with the Black Country (including Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Brierley Hill, Stourbridge, Smethwick and West Bromwich), an area immensely rich in public sculpture. There are over 450 entries describing many sculptures and groups of sculptures, with illustrations of all the major works. These include statues by F. W. Pomeroy, Charles Birch, Albert Toft, William Theed and Thomas Brock, and notable architectural sculpture by Charles Rossi and H. C. Fehr. Among the twentieth-century sculptors represented are W. J. Bloye, Walter Ritchie and Barbara Hepworth, and there is also work commissioned by local regeneration projects. Significant ecclesiastical works are featured, among them Francis Chantrey's famous sculptures in Lichfield Cathedral. The book has biographies, a glossary of special terms and a comprehensive index.

Published in September 2005. 360pp, 220 x 250mm.
ISBN: 9780853239895 (hb), 9780853239994 (pb).

Public Sculpture of Greater Manchester by Terry Wyke (Manchester Metropolitan University).

Public Sculpture of Greater Manchester

Covering the area formerly administered by the Greater Manchester Metropolitan Council, the book focuses on the communities at the heart of the industrial revolution in Britain (Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan), exploring both the connections and the differences among them. Although Manchester's first free-standing public statue – Francis Chantrey's portrait of the scientist John Dalton – dates from 1838, it was the wave of public commemoration following the death of Sir Robert Peel in 1850 that proved the decisive event for public statuary in the region, with statues being raised to Peel in Manchester, Salford and Bury. Salford's Peel Park, opened in 1846, displayed one of the first groups of public statues in Britain. Politics were never far away, with the placing of statues of three living Liberals – Gladstone, Bright and Villiers – in Manchester town hall (also famous for Ford Madox Brown's murals) marking the strong association of the area with free trade policies. Harry Bates's Socrates Teaching the People in the Agora , at Manchester University, is one of the most significant examples of the ‘New Sculpture'; notable twentieth-century works include Eric Gill's relief St Mary, St Denys, St George and the Christ Child for Manchester Cathedral and Barbara Hepworth's Two Forms (Divided Circle) in Bolton. The 30-mile Irwell Sculpture Trail, following the River Irwell from Salford Quays through Bury to the Pennines, is one of the most ambitious contemporary public art programmes in Britain and has commissioned sculpture from regional, national and international artists. Winner of the Portico Prize for Literature 2004.

Published in March 2003. 332pp, 220 x 250mm.
ISBN: 9780853238379 (hb), 9780853238478 (pb).

Public Sculpture of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull by George T. Noszlopy.

Public Sculpture of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

Public sculpture reflects the history of a county and few other areas have Warwickshire's variety and vitality. Coventry was one of the five largest and finest cities of medieval England and the celebrated exploit of Lady Godiva, one of the principal founders, has always been irresistible to artists. Coventry's devastation in the Second World War encouraged much public sculpture related to regeneration. Nearly all the sculpture in Stratford-upon-Avon commemorates William Shakespeare with Ronald Gower's masterpiece displaying French panache in its mixture of portraiture and allegory.

Published in March 2003. 332pp, 220 x 250mm.
ISBN: 9780853238379 (hb), 9780853238478 (pb).

Public Sculpture of the City of London by Philip Ward-Jackson.

Public Sculpture of the City of London

By the end of the seventeenth century, the City of London was already by far the most important centre of trade and finance in the world. This financial and commercial supremacy was reflected in some of the most impressive architecture and public sculpture of the last 300 years. With over 420 photographs the book is a unique survey of one of the most architecturally exciting and diverse cities in the world.

Published in January 2003. 680pp, 220 x 250mm.
ISBN: 9780853239673 (hb), 9780853239772 (pb).

Public Sculpture of Glasgow by Ray McKenzie (Glasgow School of Art).

Public Sculpture of Glasgow

Glasgow is notable as being one of the few British cities to have resisted artistic centralization based in London. Only in Glasgow were there significant local workshops, often family-based, training dynasties of native sculptors. The book includes work by some of the most influential British and continental sculptors during the last 200 years including John Flaxman, John Gibson, J.H. Foley and Carlo Marochetti. Ray McKenzie has in this volume for the first time demonstrated the importance of Glasgow's architectural sculpture and explained its function with a wealth superbly arranged and carefully marshalled detail. Joint-winner of the 2002 Saltire Society Scottish Research Book of the Year.

Published in March 2002. 562pp, 220 x 250mm.
ISBN: 9780853239277 (hb), 9780853239376 (pb).

Public Sculpture of Leicestershire and Rutland by Terry Cavanagh, introduction by Alison Yarrington.

Public Sculpture of Leicestershire and Rutland

The book presents a comprehensive survey of the surprisingly rich heritage of publicly-accessible monuments and sculpture of Leicestershire and Rutland.
Sculpture of Leicestershire is represented by a variety of pieces ranging from the enigmatic 15th- and 16th-century sculptures of Stapleford Park to the elegant bronze nudes on Leicester's South African War Memorial. Also documented is the rich collection of works by 20th-century artists that were erected in schools and colleges as part of a specific local authority educational sculpture programme. The many sculptors who contributed include Lynn Chadwick, Geoffrey Clarke, Philip King, Bryan Kneale, Peter Peri and William Pye.
Rutland has works of high quality and singular interest, including Alexander's 30-foot high Great Tower at Rutland Water, 'the largest bronze sculpture of modern times', unveiled in 1980.

Published in September 2000. 448pp, 220 x 250mm.
ISBN: 9780853236450 (hb), 9780853236559 (pb).

Public Sculpture of North-East England by Paul Usherwood, Jeremy Beach and Catherine Morris.

Public Sculpture of North-East England

Extending northward from the counties of Cleveland and Durham to the Scottish / Northumbrian border, the North East of England includes one of the greatest concentrations of recent public sculpture in Britain together with an extraordinary variety of public monuments and sculpture of all ages. The book documents over 450 of these works for the first time, providing full details of their materials, physical condition, ownership and commissioning. Particular attention is devoted to the historical use and interpretation of the monuments. From this emerges a fascinating picture of the development of public sculpture in the region and of its contribution to the creation of local identities.

Published in May 2000. 368pp, 220 x 250mm.
ISBN: 9780853236252 (hb), 9780853236351 (pb).

Public Sculpture of Liverpool by Terry Cavanagh.

Public Sculpture of Liverpool

The first volume in the PMSA's survey of the entire corpus of public sculpture and memorials in Great Britain. It is an in-depth catalogue of every sculptural piece in the city, described in exhaustive detail, with good quality photographs.
The work on which the book is based was undertaken by the author with the support of the University of Leicester and the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside.
The book is a fully illustrated survey of Liverpool's wealth of sculpture, with introduction, glossary and comprehensive index. It is presented in a large format, opening to double A4 size.

Published in September 1997. 394pp, 220 x 250mm.
ISBN: 9780853237013 (hb), 9780853237112 (pb).