A new guide, Public Sculpture of Leicestershire and Rutland, by University of Leicester art history experts is to be launched on Wednesday 27 September 2000 in the presence of the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Robert Burgess.
Authors, Alison Yarrington, Professor of Art History, and Mr Terry Cavanagh, have compiled the volume which is the fourth in the series "Public Sculpture of Britain". Ultimately the series aims to provide a complete guide to public monuments and sculpture in Britain.
Published by Liverpool University Press, the books are the culmination of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association's National Recording Project, and the project has received support from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The setting for the launch is itself a prime example of public sculpture in Leicester. The City Rooms are situated in a Palladian-style Grade 1 listed building in the city centre. Designed by John Johnson, Leicester's first professional architect, it was completed between 1792 and 1800 and has been in turn assembly and coffee rooms, judges' lodging, an archive repository and council meeting rooms. It is now available for various public events, which include concerts and art exhibitions.
The building is decorated with nine sculptures which appear in the book. The façade is graced by statues Music and Dancing by John Charles Felix Rossi and John Bingley, and a relief copy of the Borghese Dancers. A bronze statuette of Ethelfloede, Queen of the Mercians, stands in the entrance hall, while the ballroom is the setting for statues of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, by John Bacon the elder. The Leicester Seamstress, a life-size bronze figure by James Walter Butler, sits on the pavement in front of the City Rooms, permanently plying her trade.
Public Sculpture of Leicestershire and Rutland, by Terry Cavanagh and Alison Yarrington is available from the University of Leicester Bookshop, price, £47.95 hardback, £19.95 paperback.
Note to Editors: Further information is available from Professor Alison Yarrington, Professor of Art History, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2864, facsimile 0116 252 5128, email email@example.com. For stories connected with the research, contact Terry Cavanagh, email terry.cavanagh@ukgateway.
The Launch will take place at the City Rooms, Hotel Street, Leicester, at 12 noon on Wednesday 27 September 2000. There will be a photo opportunity at 1.30 pm, when the Vice-Chancellor of the University will address the gathering.
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