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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1031598



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Greater London AuthorityTower HamletsLondon Borough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 15-Apr-1998

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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UID: 469110

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TQ 3582 ROMAN ROAD, E3 (North side) 788/10/10085 Blind Beggar and his Dog, Cranbrook Estate

- II*

Heraldic sculpture. 1958 by Elisabeth Frink, sited 1959 temporarily in Roman Road and on its present and intended site by May 1963. Commissioned by Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough, with the financial assistance of the London County Council. Bronze, c. eight feet, on high and stepped concrete plinth. Two elongated and very rigid figures, the man with outstretched arm being hesitantly led by the very geometrically expressed dog. The group is one of Frink's earliest commissions, and achieves considerable emotional pathos. The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green is a noted local mythological figure, dating back to at least the seventeenth century and much represented locally in stained glass and reliefs, eg. in the borough's major civic buildings and in local public houses which bear the name. Bethnal Green MB were justly proud of their enterprising housing policy, of which this formal garden surrounded by bungalows for the elderly is a centrepiece. Though the subject was thus dictated to Frink, it fits well in her oeuvre. She was profoundly affected by her experience as a civilian during the War, and her work explores the themes of aggression and vulnerability - 'the geometry of fear' - fashionable amongst the more radical sculptors of the 1950s.

Listing NGR: TQ3571483025

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National Grid Reference: TQ 35714 83025


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