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Tombstone to Sir Percy Harris, Bart, St Nicholas Churchyard

A Grade II* Listed Building in Hounslow, Hounslow

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Latitude: 51.4852 / 51°29'6"N

Longitude: -0.2529 / 0°15'10"W

OS Eastings: 521405

OS Northings: 177697

OS Grid: TQ214776

Mapcode National: GBR 9N.0YC

Mapcode Global: VHGQX.KXNT

Plus Code: 9C3XFPPW+3R

Entry Name: Tombstone to Sir Percy Harris, Bart, St Nicholas Churchyard

Listing Date: 28 February 2003

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1096142

English Heritage Legacy ID: 490108

Location: Hounslow, London, W4

County: Hounslow

Electoral Ward/Division: Chiswick Homefields

Built-Up Area: Hounslow

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Nicholas Chiswick

Church of England Diocese: London

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787/0/10145 CHURCH STREET
28-FEB-03 Chiswick
Tombstone to Sir Percy Harris, Bart, S
t Nicholas Churchyard


Monument to Sir Percy Harris, Bt., MP (d.1952). Funerary relief. Portland stone. By Bainbridge Copnall (d.1973). A tall rectangular relief on a stepped base bearing an inscription. The relief depicts the resurrection of the dead, and shows rising naked figures (some with 1920s bobbed hair) amid crosses in a cemetery; above hovers a winged angel. The reverse is plain.
HISTORY: this was a youthful work by the prominent 20th century sculptor Bainbridge Copnall, and was carved in the late 1920s. It was acquired by Harris for display in his garden at Morton House, Chiswick Mall, and subsequently transferred to his grave. Symbolically it is indebted to the work of Stanley Spencer, and is of great interest as one of the very last funerary depictions of the Christian theme of the rising of the dead at the Last Judgment. Stylistically it is indebted to the Vorticist Wyndham Lewis. Harris was a prominent Liberal politician, sitting as an MP and serving as deputy leader of the London County Council. His book London and its Government (1913) was the standard work on metropolitan municipal government. Copnall served as President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors 1961-66 and is best known for his decorative carving in the Royal Institute of British Architects' building, opened in 1934. This is a monument of very high quality, and of historic, sculptural and symbolic interest.

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