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More on the Brangwyn memorial plaques to Edward FitzGerald

January 8, 2017

In August last year. we posted an item on the Brangwyn memorial plaques to Edward FitzGerald – see https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/memorial-plaques-to-edward-fitzgerald/.  This was based on research by the indefatigable Bob Forrest.  He raised the question of what might have happened to the second plaque that was originally on the wall of Bredfield House, FitzGerald’s birthplace.  The first plaque is still on the wall of the building in Kings Parade in Cambridge, where FitzGerald lived in his undergraduate years.

EFGplFig (2)Quite by chance, we happened recently to meet the grandson of the sculptor and carver (Herbert) Joseph Cribb who created the memorial plaques from designs by the artist Frank Brangwyn.   He provided us with more information about his grandfather – incidentally raising a query about his first names, shown as Alfred in the earlier post?  Joesph Cribb’s life history is summarised in a recent book on Eric Gill and Ditchling, see https://pallantbookshop.com/product/eric-gill-and-ditchling-the-workshop-tradition-book/.

The younger Joe Cribb also says that there is a second Brangwyn plaque to Edward FitzGerald at SOAS in London.   It is apparently located just off the staircase first floor landing in the main building as one goes towards the common room.  He thinks that this may well be the missing plaque from Bredfield.  It should be easy to tell if such is the case since the dates on the two plaques were different, the Bredfield one showing FitzGerald’s birth date of 31.III.1809 in place of the birth and death years on the Cambridge plaque.  Otherwise the two plaques are very similar.

If anyone is going near SOAS in London, please take a few minutes to deviate to see if you can find the FitzGerald plaque and let us know what is on it.  We repeat here Bob Forrest’s image of the Bredfield plaque.  The Cambridge one is shown in the earlier post.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. F.Diba permalink
    January 10, 2017 8:47 pm

    I had a friend at SOAS look into this. The plaque is there.
    If you can send me your email, I will forward the photo to you.

  2. January 15, 2017 1:10 pm

    You could send the photo to sandrabill@omarkhayyamrubaiyat.com. Thanks in advance.

  3. January 30, 2017 4:13 pm

    This strand of discussion continues with new information in a further post – see https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/the-brangwyn-memorial-plaques-to-edward-fitzgerald-the-mystery-deepens/.

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