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The Drury Dames: Even and Morn

Alfred Drury
1903

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Description

Series of eight bronze lamp bearers, in the shape of almost nude female figures. There are two type, one is named even (evening), holding a lamp in her right hand, with her other hand to her head, and the other morn (morning) holding a lamp in her left hand and clutching some flowers. Under their names is the text the gift of t. walter harding 1903.

Leeds - The Drury Dames: Even and Morn
Even
Leeds - The Drury Dames: Even and Morn
Morn

They were originally arranged in a circle around the equestrian statue of the Black Prince. In 1956 they were put in two rows of four. In the 1990s, it was planned to remove them altogether, as Victorian public art was considered by many to be worthless. However, this was resisted and they were placed in their present positions of a three-quarter circle.

The eight lamp bearers are most controversial feature of the City Square and attracted critical letters to the Yorkshire Post when unveiled in 1899.

Signature

(all) alf. drury a.r.a. sc.

Leeds - The Drury Dames: Even and Morn
In the background the equestrian statue of the Black Prince

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Location (N 53°47'47" - W 1°32'51")

Item Code: gbyh099; Photograph: 28 July 2019
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