Detail from a statue at the entrance of the Abbey Gardens at Malmsbury Abbey – Nikon D3000 with 18mm – 200 mm lens in RAW -

Title: The Wrestlers
Material: Bronze
size 2.25m / 90in
edition 3
Artist: ian Rank-Broadley

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Thank you Yampimon for googling this for me

The Wrestlers depict two heroic male figures, one black, one white, at the peak of athletic prowess pitting their strength and skill against each other. This work presents a multitude of different viewpoints and engages the spectator with the relative positions of the intertwined figures.

Malmesbury’s hill-top has been inhabited for centuries. Evidence of an Iron Age fort was uncovered in 1999. Material from the excavation of a coffin found in the grounds of The Abbey House in 1997 is the first recorded evidence that the Romans were in Malmesbury.

A religious site was established by Maelduf around 642, and his pupil Aldhelm became the first abbot of the Benedictine Monastery in 675. Athelstan, Alfred’s grandson and the first king of all England- crowned at Kingston – was buried at Malmesbury Abbey in 935. William of Malmesbury writes 200 years later that Athelstan’s body was removed from The Abbey and placed in the Abbot’s garden to avoid Norman desecration.

By the 12th century the current Abbey is completed and enjoying status as the third most important religious centre in England after Canterbury and Winchester. With the arrival of Abbot William of Colerne in 1260 a building programme begins including a new Lady Chapel, a new shrine to St. Aldhelm and new Abbot’s lodging with herbarium and vinery.

The Lady Chapel was severely damaged when the Abbey spire fell by 1500. William of Worcester recorded the spire as 431 ft. high; 28 ft. taller than Salisbury Cathedral’s spire and six times higher than the remaining ruined arch today.

Malmesbury Abbey was one of the last Monasteries to close at the Dissolution in 1539. William Stumpe, a wealthy clothier, bought numerous properties from Henry VIII including Abbey House and was instrumental in the acquisition of the Abbey building itself for the people of the town to use as their Parish Church. William built the central part of the house you see today after l542 using the 13th century former Abbot’s House as its foundations.

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  • relayer51
    relayer5112 months ago

    Superbly captured Mattie , great texture you want to reach out and touch it , its so clear.

  • Thank you so much Mark for your wonderful compliment – I think you would really enjoying viewing this statue as I wanted to do just that….reach out and touch his face !

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  • Cliffyj
    Cliffyj12 months ago

    WOW outstanding image

  • Thank you Cliff – really pleased you like this

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  • Yampimon
    Yampimon12 months ago

    Super shot. I Googled this statue to find out who did it and found it was the fella who sculpted the Queen for all the current coins in the UK, Ian Rank-Broadley.

  • . I have added a “thank you” to the description for tracing the sculptor for me Yampimon – many thanks for your super comment – it is much appreciated – regards, Mattie

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  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassa12 months ago

    Wow! Great shot. Fave.

  • Thanks Al both for a super comment and also for the fave – thought this a fabulous statue

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  • John44
    John4412 months ago

    …this is keeps the attention for a while


  • Thank you, dear John – I think you would have loved seeing this marvellous piece in situ – xx

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  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep12 months ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature, Gena – I am thrilled – Mattie

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  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedici7 months ago

    January 1st, 2014
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  • Thank you very much for the feature Mary — it is really appreciated – wishing you and the group a Happy New Year – regards, Mattie

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  • dgscotland
    dgscotland2 months ago

    Well captured here.

  • Thank you very much for the feature – it is really appreciated – regards, Mattie

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  • Alexandra Lavizzari
    Alexandra Lavi...2 months ago

    Beautiful picture of this very interesting and intense face.

  • Have you seen this statue, Alexandra? It is beautiful in it’s simplicity – thank you for a super comment

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