Portrait Busts

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In 2010 The RC Church of Edward the Confessor in Golders Green asked me to produce 6 likenesses of prominent Catholic priests: Cardinal Hume, Archbishop (now Cardinal) Nicholls, Ronald Knox, Cardinal Bourne, Cardinal Newman and Father Bendon who was the first priest of this particular church.

As is customary with this particular work, we gathered as much visual information as possible, utilising image libraries. However, we made our own drawings from the photographs as when we draw we discover and make prominent the characteristics that make each face unique.

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We used a Bath Stone called Elm Park which was the building stone of the original church. It is fine and soft, but hardens on contact with air over time.

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My friend John Dasgupta (below) carving Hume. Note the various drawing/studies in the background.

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And this is the finished likeness.

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Cardinal Newman (below)

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Ronald Knox (below).

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We then installed them in the interior of the church using stainless steel dowels, epoxy resin and lime pointing.

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We were delighted with the craftsmanship, attention to detail and value of the service and work we received from you and and your colleagues.  The quote was accurate and you held to it, and the finished stonework looks lovely as well as being a secure investment for the future resilience of the porch and roof areas.  We shall certainly be looking to you in future years for further projects.  Not only was the crafstmanship and costing very good, we found your team to be pleasant, polite, clean and tidy and always alert to issues affecting the congregation and willing to adapt accordingly.
The Rev Dr Gordon Giles, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield