John Bradbury obituary


My former husband John Bradbury, often called Brad, who has died aged 75, was a proficient sculptor and artist. He specialised in stone carving and architectural decoration and labored from 1978 to 1980 on Westminster Abbey, together with sculpting a life-sized determine of William Caxton in stone.

He additionally produced distinctive work in pastels, acrylic and watercolours, and in later life developed a brand new and modern model of sculpture.

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John Bradbury engaged on a statue of James I for Trinity Faculty, Cambridge, 1983

Persevering with his profession as a stone carver after leaving the Abbey, Brad labored at Rattee and Kett, a constructing contractor in Cambridge. In 1985 he received the RIBA craftsmanship award for his restoration work on the Nice Gate, Trinity Faculty, Cambridge, that includes a statue of James I.

A private spotlight of his working life was being featured in Vogue journal with a carved piglet as a part of a characteristic on the Chelsea flower present. In 1991 he received one other RIBA craftmanship award for his stonework restoration of the West Door, King’s Faculty Chapel, Cambridge.

Born and raised in Derby by John Bradbury, a police constable, and Noreen (nee Justice), Brad was educated on the Joseph Wright College of Artwork, the place we met. We married in 1968 in Nottingham and had two youngsters.

In 1978 Brad accomplished a diploma in restoration on the Metropolis and Guilds of London Artwork College. His love of working in stone had began in 1964 when he skilled as a letter cutter with a monumental masonry firm in Derby, however he put that zeal apart for seven years and have become a farm employee to assist his younger household. Nonetheless, he continued to color and produced playing cards to promote.

We divorced in 1986 (we remained buddies), and 5 years later Brad moved along with his companion, Dee Worth, to north Norfolk. There he continued with commerce carving and commissioned work from his rural studio. He additionally taught decorative design, modelling and stone carving on the Metropolis and Guilds of London Artwork College, and collaborated with the goldsmith Jocelyn Burton, modelling items in wax and plaster that have been subsequently solid in gold and silver.

Brad moved to Norwich in 2014 following Dee’s loss of life in 2012, and continued to provide small sculptures, pastel and watercolour work and experimental textile collages. He turned in poor health in July and moved to stay with our daughter, Thea, and her household in Cambridge.

He’s survived by his youngsters, Thea and Josh, his grandchildren, Sam, Jack, Cameron and Saskia, and a sister, Josephine, and brother, Robert.


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