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The Bull at Foot of Downshire Field Alton Estate

A Grade II* Listed Building in Roehampton, Wandsworth

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Latitude: 51.4521 / 51°27'7"N

Longitude: -0.2479 / 0°14'52"W

OS Eastings: 521838

OS Northings: 174029

OS Grid: TQ218740

Mapcode National: GBR 9Q.85S

Mapcode Global: VHGR3.NR9N

Plus Code: 9C3XFQ22+VR

Entry Name: The Bull at Foot of Downshire Field Alton Estate

Listing Date: 15 April 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1376742

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469115

Location: Roehampton and Putney Heath, Wandsworth, London, SW15

County: Wandsworth

Electoral Ward/Division: Roehampton

Built-Up Area: Wandsworth

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Roehampton Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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The Bull at foot of Downshire
Field, Alton Estate


Sculpture. 1961 by Robert Clatworthy, a version of a plaster figure from 1959, commissioned by the London County Council at the behest of A W Cleeve Barr, one of the principal architects working on the Alton Estate. Bronze, ten feet in length. A shaggy, expressionistic figure of a bull that seems about to turn its head; a heroic yet friendly image which is a much-loved centrepiece of the LCC's flagship Alton West development.
Clatworthy specialised in animal subjects and had exhibited a series of smaller equine and bull pieces at the Hanover Gallery in 1957. The shaggy expressionism of the Bull works as a study in movement arrested. Clatworthy wrote that 'in most of my sculpture you will find a series of super-imposed images - as the light changes or the viewer moves around the sculpture so different images of the same figure emerge.'

Listing NGR: TQ2183874029

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