Leeds University Library

Library given Brotherton sculpture

Published Monday 15 August 2016

People in conversation around plaque of Brotherton in Parkinson Court

University benefactor Lord Brotherton honoured by revival of bronze bas-relief

A sculpture of Lord Edward Brotherton has been given to the University Library.

The bronze bas-relief of the Wakefield industrialist and Lord Mayor of Leeds is in the Parkinson Court next to the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.

The gift is a generous donation to the Library by Leeds construction firm J Pullan and Sons.

In 1927, Lord Brotherton donated £100,000 for the construction of the Brotherton Library. This was the first of several large financial donations to the Library.

He was also an active book collector. His large collection of literary and historical books are now held in Special Collections.

The sculpture was commissioned for Brotherton House, the headquarters of Lord Brotherton's chemicals company.

It was made by the sculptor and medallist Frank Bowcher. In 1911, Bowcher was a founding member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.