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Portsmouth Naval Memorial

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The monument from the North, the obelisk dates to WW1.
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The original maqette by Charles Wheeler R.A. from the C.W.G.C. archives, dated 1952.
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The original statues each comprised 3 blocks built into the Wall of Remembrance. They were dismantled and re-erected in the workshop as reference.
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Templates were prepared from measuring each section of the statues to facilitate masonry 'boasting' (roughing out).
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Areas that were severely weathered, such as the facial features of this figure, were remodelled onto the surface using plasticene prior to the pointing process.
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Roughing out one of the statues by William McMillan. The pointing device used to reproduce exact measurements in space may be seen on the left.
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Completed statue in situ.
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Completed statue in situ.
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Completed statue in situ.
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Completed statue in situ.
Description of Project

There are 3 memorials in England to those lost in the two World Wars whose only known grave is the sea, and they are located in the manning ports of Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth. The Second World War  memorials were enlargements of those pre-existing from the First, designed by the architect Edward Maufe, and each incorporating identical stone carvings of naval personnel designed by Charles Wheeler and William McMillan, two well known sculptors of the inter-war years. Whilst the Portland stone figures at Chatham and Plymouth are perfectly preserved, those at Portsmouth were in a state of advanced surface decay. Although less than 50 years old, their proximity to the sea and consequent exposure to the salty atmosphere resulted in an accelerated weathering process that necessitated their removal and replacement during the periodic maintenance programme undertaken by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Category: Figurative Sculpture | Restoration | C20th

Date: 2001
Material: Portland Stone
Clients: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Contractor: Fairhaven and Woods

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