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Cardinal Thomas Wolsey

Ipswich c. 1471 - Leicester 1530
English statesman
David Annand

Ipswich /  Cardinal Thomas Wolsey   Ipswich /  Cardinal Thomas Wolsey


Bronze statue of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey sitting on a chair decorated with gothic arches and stretching his right hand, inviting the spectator to share the book held up in his left. His cardinal's robes are spread out uncomfortably in front of him, while his hat hangs over the back of the chair and a cat peers round one of its legs.

Ipswich / Cardinal Thomas Wolsey Ipswich / Cardinal Thomas Wolsey


On the rim around the statue:

thomas wolsey
born ipswich 1470 or 1471 died leicester 1530 cardinal archbishop lord chancellor and teacher
who believed that pleasvre shovld
mingle with stvdy so that the child may think learning an amvsement rather than a toil.


The gesture and the inclusion of the book respond to the thinking behind the commission as set out by Dr John Blatchly, a distinguished former headmaster of Ipswich School, responsible for the public appeal: "The statue aims to highlight Wolsey's reputation as a great educator, who was 500 years ahead of his time; one of Wolsey's dreams was to establish a Cardinal College in Ipswich but all that can be seen of his legacy now is Wolsey's Gate and St Peter's Church." Dr Blatchly ended by quoting the passage from Wolsey inscribed around two sides of the base.

Unveiled 29 June 2011.


Sources & Information


  • Country: Great Britain
  • Annand, David
  • Cardinal
  • Cat
  • Man (sitting)
  • Politician/Statesman
  • Statue (man sitting)
  • Wolsey, Thomas
  • Locatie (N 52°3'16" - E 1°9'10") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: gbee027; Photograph: 1 August 2012
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