WILFRED DUDENEY (1919-84)
Dudeney's sculpture in its original setting, New Street Square, EC4
Country Life reported:
FLEET STREET TRIBUTE FINDS NEW HOME
“Once left to languish in a demolition yard, the only public monument to newspaper-making in Britain has been given a permanent home at the Goldsmiths’ Company in the City.
“Three Printers was commissioned by the Westminster Press group in the mid-1950s, when the company moved its headquarters to a square off Fleet Street. The title of the piece is a misnomer, as Dudeney sought to represent several aspects of newspaper-making in his triptych: a news boy, for sales; a printer, holding a ‘stick’ for carrying metal type on the print floor; and an editor or proprietor.
The sculpture resited in the garden of the Goldsmiths' Hall, EC1, with its saviour
“This piece is a poignant tribute to the great days of newspapers,’ said Mr Wilson. ‘At its height, the British newspaper industry was the greatest in the world. Yet, divided by a traditional competitive spirit, it never sought to celebrate itself, so it fell to a regional newspaper group to commission a tribute to an industry that, in truth, had already passed its zenith”
* The re-sited Three Printers was unveiled at a ceremony in the Goldsmiths’ Company gardens in the City of London. The gardens are publicly accessible.