Men playing Rugby [?] 1891-93. Sculptor: Benjamin Creswick. Buff terracotta, 276 x 90 cm. Bloomsbury Public Library, Birmingham. Designed by Jethro Cousins and Peacock. George T. Noszlopy explains that the scenes on the main façade of the building, which flank Art, Craft, and Industry presenting their wares to Birmingham, contain scenes of “work, both industrial and rural, and leisure, including football, cricket, lacrosse and (more passively) reading” (90). [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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Photograph and research by Annie Creswick-Dawson. Formatting, perspective correction, text by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]


Noszlopy, George T. The Public Sculpture of Birmingham. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press Illustrated, 1998.

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