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Head of Victory





Henry Charles Fehr

Head of Victory (1922)


A bronze transferred from Leeds City Council (Parks & Countryside Division) in 1990.

This is all that survives of the World War I memorial which was vandalised by Leeds City Council. It had been commissioned to commemorate victory in World War I.

The sculpture was damaged during a storm in the 1960's and eventually melted down (vandalised) by Leeds City Council.

Henry Charles Fehr (1867-1940)
Fehr specialised in war memorials and he made at least 13. His most famous commission was for the Guild Hall, London.

A Monument sculptor. Born 4 November 1867 in London. Fehr studied at the R.A. Schools under Brock. He won medals and a Scholarship - then began exhibiting at the R.A. in 1887.

Original member of the R.B.S. 1904. His works include the Queen Victoria Memorial, Hull. Decorations on the City Hall, Cardiff, plus a number of war memorials and portrait busts.

In 1898 he made a frieze of coloured bas-relief with scenes from the Wars of the Roses for Wakefield County Hall. He died in London 13 May 1940.

The Middlesex Guildhall is a building on the south-west corner of Parliament Square in London (built between 1906 and 1913). Designed by J S Gibson, in what Pevsner described as an 'art nouveau gothic theme'. The design includes some architectural sculptures by Henry Charles Fehr.

Article By: Dave Roberts.

First Published: 2007.



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