Not in Anger

Number: 43
Artist First Name:Leon
Artist Last Name:Underwood
Made Year:1925, bronza cast 1975
Installed Year:1979
Location:The Stow Shopping Precinct

Not in Anger takes the clenched fist, associated with the symbol of Republican solidarity with those suffering in the Spanish Civil War, as its subject. Underwood had also dreamed of a giant anti-war memorial standing on the cliff-top above Dover, with the fist closed in a gesture of peace, the thumb enclosed by the fingers.

Leon Underwood (1890-1975) was a noted sculptor, painter, scholar, philosopher and stained-glass and furniture craftsman (among other pursuits). He established the Brook Green School in Hammersmith, London in 1919 and his students included Moore, Hepworth and the surrealist Eileen Agar.