Dec 10th, 2010 | | Exterior | Monuments | Portfolio | 2 Comments

Hartlepool War Memorial

Patrick Baty carried out an analysis of the surfaces looking for paint or gilding

The memorial was designed by Philip B. Bennison in 1921 for the civilians and servicemen killed in World War One. It has a raked, stepped plinth to a square, coursed, rockfaced pedestal with ashlar quoins at the angles, a roll moulding at the base and a chamfered cornice.

A square shaft supports a further pedestal with chamfered plinth and cornice. This is surmounted by a draped bronze figure of Winged Victory. The four faces of the uppermost pedestal bear sculptured bronze achievements of arms, the seal of Hartlepool and a cartouche dated 1914. The East face of the shaft is inscribed “For us they died” and the West face: “Live thou for England”.

Patrick Baty carried out the paint analysis of the War Memorial in Hartlepool

I was commissioned to carry out the paint analysis of the surfaces in order to establish whether the memorial had ever been painted or gilded.

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M.K. HajdinNo Gravatar » 11. Feb, 2012

Fascinating, as your art detective stories always are.

PatrickNo Gravatar » 12. Feb, 2012

How kind of you. It’s actually quite fun when one can answer questions and scotch myths.