Vincent Van Gogh sculpture officially unveiled in Welwyn

PUBLISHED: 13:39 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:47 02 July 2018

The Van Gogh bust being officially unveiled in Welwyn near Bridge Cottage Surgery. Picture: John Roper.

The Van Gogh bust being officially unveiled in Welwyn near Bridge Cottage Surgery. Picture: John Roper.

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An award winning sculptor's Vincent Van Gogh bust was officially unveiled in Welwyn over the weekend.

Anthony Padgett with his Van Gogh sculpture. Picture: Anthony Padgett.Anthony Padgett with his Van Gogh sculpture. Picture: Anthony Padgett.

Anthony Padgett created the bust, praised as “very remarkable” by Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, as a tribute to the one-eared artist’s links to the village.

Van Gogh was said to have travelled to Welwyn from Ramsgate in 1876 to visit his sister Anna, who was working in a girls’ boarding school.

Following the unveiling near Bridge Cottage Surgery, former councillor Sandra Kyriakides said: “The event was fantastic. The weather was glorious and a very large crowd turned out for the unveiling.

“Everyone who saw the sculpture just loved it – the likeness is amazing and the quality of the work is stunning. What a talented young man.”

Anthony is donating his cold-cast sculpture to five sites across Europe with links to the artist.

“I see it as an honour and a privilege to create such a work and I hope that you like the work,” he said.

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