Sculptor and stone carver Steve Carvill lives and works in Bridlington. He is fascinated by the history, geology and natural world of Bridlington Bay.
T. E. Lawrence
Steve Carvill's limited edition bronze sculpture of T. E. Lawrence on his bicycle can be seen at Gallery Forty-Nine. It is based on one of the last known photographs taken of Lawrence in Bridlington, three months before his untimely death.
T. E. Lawrence, also known as 'Lawrence of Arabia', was born on 16 Aug 1888 in Wales. He was an archeologist and British Army Officer renowned for his liaison role during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign.
In August 1925 Lawrence joined the RAF and spent time serving in Bridlington, specialising in high speed boats. He left the service with regret, in March 1935, at the end of his enlistment as he had been very happy in Bridlington.
At the age of 46, two months after leaving military service, Lawrence was fatally injured on his motorcycle in Dorset while trying to avoid two boys on bicycles in a country lane.
Steve Carvill's 'Gansey Girl' bronze sculpture, available to view at Gallery Forty-Nine, was developed from the working maquette or model used to create the full-size sculpture on the North Pier, Bridlington Harbour. It is scaled to 1/3 of the full-size sculpture.
Steve says: "I worked closely with the community and was inspired by the fishing industry. Stories of triumph, tragedy and bravery, love and devotion; the hardworking women gave that love and devotion in plenty symbolised by the knitting of the beautiful Ganseys they made for their menfolk to wear at sea. Their support was a vital part of survival! When the Maritime Trail team first saw the maquette/model there was unanimous approval and the model helped us picture the full size piece on the harbour top- everyone worked very hard to make it happen- a real team effort."
The bronze is made to the same exacting standards and attention to detail as the full-size Gansey Girl, and also by the same foundry who have added their mark, edition number and artist signature. It is a limited edition of 15. Please contact the gallery to express interest.
The Maritime Trail Bridlington leaflet is available at Bridlington Tourist Office, below the Leisure Centre.