View the Duke of Wellington’s Memorial Appeal Interview with Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington at Apsley house.
Constructing the Armature
Creating a good armature is essential, not just to capture the design of the figure from the outset, but crucially to provide strength and stability to support the clay sculpture. Andrew welds steel bar, cut and measured to scale, onto a moveable dolley base. A pre-made foam head is added and thick aluminium armature wire is used to create the flexible arms. Polystyrene is applied to the metal armature to bulk out the body and then carved into shape – this saves on the amount of clay used and makes the sculpture much lighter.(The rectangle on the back of the figure will form the bulk of the soldier’s back-pack).
This photo shows the Soldier 1 maquette with the measuring tools Andrew uses when scaling-up for a life-size figure.
Finding the Dynamic Curves.
Andrew applies the clay using the Rapid Sketch Technique, establishing the Dynamic Curves in the clay outline, which are essential for imbuing life and dynamism within the sculpture. Throughout this process he is continually using measurements, working to scale to perfect the figure’s life-size proportions.
The Rapid Sketch Technique– is a method of clay application designed by Andrew. Essentially the clay is applied in linear strokes, in the direction of the muscular anatomy it represents. This method keeps the clay surface loose and is used until all the measurements and the figure’s design are perfectly mapped out.
View the Duke of Wellington’s Memorial Appeal Interview with Calderdale Counsellor Geraldine Carter at Apsley house.
View the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal Interview with Committee Member Major Peter Robinson MBE at Apsley House.
View the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal Interview with Sculptor Andrew Sinclair MRBS.
View the Duke of Wellington’s Memorial Appeal Interview with Appeal Fundraising Committee member Brigadier Andrew Meek CBE at Apsley house.
“We are delighted to be supporting the plans for a memorial to The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in Halifax, its home for over 200 years.
“We know how important it is to local people to honour the Regiment, local soldiers and their families. The statue will provide a lasting legacy, adding to the Regiment Museum at Bankfield Museum in Halifax and the Regimental Chapel and Colours at Halifax Minster.
“The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment is a significant part of our local heritage, and our rich history is one of the incredible things that make Calderdale unique. Protecting and making the most of this heritage and supporting the Armed Forces is really important to the Council and our communities.
“We’re seeing unprecedented investment and focus upon Halifax and Calderdale, building on our heritage whilst creating an exciting new chapter. The memorial will reinforce the borough’s place on the map as a historic and cultural destination.”
Robin Tuddenham Chief Executive of Calderdale Council
The Regimental Association’s status as part of the Wellington College Community continues to pay dividends; almost literally. The College has a fine set of history boards, exhibited in the passages of the main building, which tell the tale of the College’s story since it was founded at the same time as the 33rd were renamed in the Duke’s honour. Now the College has paid for one on the history of the Regiment, which was designed by Michael Bray, and is shown below. The board was unveiled at the Officers lunch by Lady Honor Montagu, nee Wellesley, daughter of the Duke and an OW.
She has worn our badge, being on parade some years ago with the CCF when her Grandfather presented each cadet with our Regimental cap badge, which superseded a Wellington badge of their own design.
The lunch this year was rather special because we not only unveiled the history board but we also had the Memorial Statue maquette on display, complete with the Sculptor, Andrew Sinclair, on hand to talk about it.
The Corps of Drums excelled themselves with the quality of their beating as did the Bugles who played a number of Regimental calls.
The Master, who is a very supportive backer of the CCF and our Association, welcomed us all and we were pleased to have not only our Sculptor but our fundraiser, Caroline Cary, and the Chief Executive of Calderdale Council, Robin Tuddenham, and their spouses.
As it was St Patrick’s Day, General Charles Huxtable wore a fine display of shamrock. Michael Bray’s florist could only supply wholesale and so he presented Alistair Roberts with a chrysanthemum called Shamrock as a thank you for arranging the seating plan, an adequate substitute for 144 bunches of shamrock.
As previously, the Wellington staff looked after us superbly and we look forward to returning, but it may not be next year when in May we will be holding a major celebration in Halifax to unveil the Memorial. Readers should keep an eye open for the announcement of 1919 plans.
Brigadier Michael Bray CBE