T03709 INSCRIPTION ‘TO BE AFRAID’ c.1925
Portland stone 15 × 26 3/8 × 3 1/2 (380 × 670 × 90)
Inscribed ‘To be afraid and behave as if you/weren't afraid - That is courage/To be ashamed and behave as if you/weren't ashamed - Is that courage!/The Testament of Dominic Burleigh’
Transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum 1983
Prov: Purchased from B.J. Fletcher, Director of the Central School of Arts and Crafts, Birmingham, by the Department of Circulation, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1927 (Circ. 175–1927)
Lit: Travelling exhibitions of Department of Circulation, Victoria and Albert Museum
Blaymires was a student at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, Birmingham from 1921 to 1933. This inscription was one of several which were ‘cut some time ago and happen to be in the school now’ and which were offered for sale to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1926 (letter from B.J. Fletcher to the Museum, 22 December 1926).
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986