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Braintree
Essex

East of England

High Street

Young Boy with Beavers and Sea Lions

John Hodge
A.B. Burton (Thames Ditton)
1937

Braintree /  Young Boy with Beavers and Sea Lions   Braintree /  Young Boy with Beavers and Sea Lions

Description

Statue of a young boy holding a fish in each uplifted hand. A beaver tries to clamber up the boy's leg and looks to the fish. The boy stands on a large nautilus shell. According to the sculptor, the boy symbolises the joy of youth - just a happy boy playing in the water and catching the fish in his hands. The sculpture is the center piece of a circular fountain basin, with four animals spouting water (but not when we were in Braintree). The animals, including the one at the boy's feet, are according to the Chelmsford Chronicle sea lions and according to Historic England seals. However, two of them are certainley beavers

Braintree - Young Boy with Beavers and Sea Lions Braintree - Young Boy with Beavers and Sea Lions
Braintree - Young Boy with Beavers and Sea Lions Braintree - Young Boy with Beavers and Sea Lions

The fountain was commissioned in 1937 by sir W.J. Courtauld in memory of King George V.

Inscription(s)

the gift of
WILLIAM JULIEN COURTAULD ESQ. JP
of pennypot halstead
(coat of arms)
to the town of braintree
in memory of
king george v

Signature

John Hodge sculptr 1936

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Beaver
  • Boy with fish
  • Burton (Thames Ditton), A.B.
  • Fountain
  • George V (King of Great Britain)
  • Hodge, John
  • Sea lion
  • Seal
  • Shell
  • Location (N 51°52'38" - E 0°32'56")

    Item Code: gbee106; Photograph: 17 March 2019
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