Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Eric Bradbury - Art Pottery Figures #8

 I have seen a few pottery figures and sculptures by Eric Bradbury but the one here is the first I have owned. It is a very well modelled figure of a boy about to eat an apple. I don't know whether this is after a renaissance original or from his own imagination. The usual questions are asked of who, where and when ?

The easy bit was looking in the usual art indexes and references from which we found that Eric Bradbury (1881-1954) was a sculptor and designer who studied at the Lambeth School of Art winning 3 silver and 1 bronze medals.

He lived in Clapham, London and Ringmer in Sussex. He is known to have made glazed pottery figural sculptures, exhibiting widely including at the Walker Gallery 9 works and at
 the Royal Academy 9 works.

Filling in details has been difficult but here are a few facts;

He was awarded first prize in the design category of the 1904  
Gilbert-Garret Competition for Sketching Clubs at the Royal College of Art for a work titled "A Procession". Possibly the one pictured below. 
There is also a short reference to an Eric Bradbury winning the prize for a design for a fan at the 1909 Lambeth Art Club (The International Studio 1909)

He also won a first prize in The Civic Arts War Memorial Competition 1916 in the wall tablet category with a design which had "a portrait bust in low relief, very neat and becoming, with a prettily suggested frieze of figures up either side of a square panel" (The Building News 1916). I have not been able to find a picture of this panel. 

Other notable winner in this competition included; Eric Gill, Allan Wyon and Wilfrid Norton.

The only item by Eric that I have handled is the boy shown above. It is clearly marked and signed "Eric Bradbury, Ringmer", England"

He is not to be confused with the Eric Bradbury (1921-2001) who was a comic book illustrator who worked on 2000AD, Comet, Valiant, Buster and Eagle
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