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Boy and Girl - with the Leeds coat of arms

Matthew Taylor & Benjamin Payler
1880

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Description

Stone statue of a boy and a girl in the jambs of the archway of the main entrance of the School Board building. It was build in 1880-81 after designs of the architect George Corson. In the top of the facade is the coat of arms of Leeds with owls as shield bearers, and with a third owl on top of the shield.

From the Leeds Mercury, 29 September 1881:

Entering by the principal doorway in Calverley-street, it will be noticed that in the jambs of the archway are carved full-length figures, emblematical of School Board work. They represent a boy and girl on their way to school. The work has been carefully executed, and reflects credit on the sculptor, Mr. Matthew Taylor, of Leeds

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Wikipedia writes about the boy and girl:

This pair of sculptures is known informally as Frank and Molly. The model for the sculpture of the girl was Mary Isabel Ingleby (Leeds, 1868 Pickering, 1925). (...) In 1881 when her sculpted portrait was unveiled, she was about thirteen years old and still a scholar. The model for the sculpture of the boy was the eldest son of Matthew Taylor, who was also about thirteen years old in 1881. He was artist-sculptor Francis Bertram Taylor (18681950). "The figure of the boy, with hair nicely parted and carrying a slate and book ... is supposed to be the image of the sculptor's son, Mr Frances B. Taylor, who now (as of 1935) lives in retirement in Leeds ... These facts were given ... by Mrs E. Farmery ... granddaughter of Matthew Taylor."

The coat of arms is probably carved by Benjamin Payler.

Leeds - Boy and Girl - with the Leeds coat of arms

Sculptors

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  • Country: Great Britain
  • Boy and Girl
  • Coat of arms
  • Ingleby, Mary Isabel
  • Owl
  • Payler, Benjamin
  • Student
  • Taylor, Frank
  • Taylor, Matthew
  • Location (N 53°48'2" - W 1°32'56")

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