Welwyn Garden City’s model citizen is simply the ‘bust’

PUBLISHED: 13:10 27 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:10 27 November 2014

The bust of Ebenezer Howard

The bust of Ebenezer Howard


Model garden citizen Ebenezer Howard took his rightful place – head and shoulders above the rest – last week.

WGC LibraryWGC Library

For a bust of the celebrated Welwyn Garden City designer was unveiled at the town’s library in Campus West, last Tuesday.

The adornment is a plaster copy of a bronze bust sculpted in 1925, by Ivy Ruth-Young, a pupil of St Albans Art School who studied under Reid Dick.

It was originally sculpted to be shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1926, in time for Ebenezer Howard’s knighthood, in 1927.

The bust has been returned to the local studies room following its conservation, and is now sits alongside a bust of Sir Frederic Osborn, fellow founder of Welwyn Garden City.

Cllr Frances ButtonCllr Frances Button

It was restored by Artisan Conservation Services and was funded by a grant from The Henry Moore Foundation.

Frances Button, cabinet member for libraries at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Sir Ebenezer Howard was the driving force behind the garden city movement in the late 19th century, which led directly to the founding of Welwyn Garden City.

“The library is very much at the heart of the community and is proud to display this beautifully restored bust in honour of his achievements.”

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