Meat Porters

Number: 20
Artist First Name:Ralph
Artist Last Name:Brown
Made Year:1959
Installed Year:1959
Location:Market Square, Town Centre

Widely recognised as Ralph Brown’s most significant piece, Meat Porters is based on studies of ‘bumarrees’: porters whose job it was to haul meat carcasses from place to place at Smithfield Market in London. Brown hoped the subject would resonate with the people of Harlow New Town, many of whom had moved from the East End and might have been familiar with such scenes, or even known or have been bumarrees themselves. The Grade-II listed sculpture has stood in Harlow’s Market Square since it was commissioned in 1957. You can read Sculpture Town Artist in Residence Meriel Clarke’s reflections on Meat Porters and the Square, in her blog Screened Off 3: Sensing Sculpture