BERWICK, THE FACE OF VICTORY

For Berwick on Tweed Carrick modelled the figure of a winged victory. The famous Athene Nike has inspired artists for centuries encapsulating the Greek heroic ideal. The heroic was inappropriate for the remembrance of the Great War however and most sculptors adopted a more restrained approach. Some memorial artists moved to the other extreme creating delicately fragile and beautifully balanced Victories. Carrick had witnessed the carnage of the Western Front and the Ypres Salient at first hand and for him these delicate and beautifull figures must have seemed just as innapropriate a symbol of remembrance. By contrast his ‘Victory’ at Berwick (known to locals as 'the Angel') can only be described as solid and restrained. Carrick's daughter Anne told me that he used for his model a nurse named Miss Hunt. She was also a physiotherapist and he described her as a 'big –boned, strong woman with a good carriage'. War movies have often created the image of the nurse as objects of romantic interest for the hero. The reality was that these women lived and worked through the war years in horrific and often dangerous conditions, they had to be strong, both mentally and physically. When Carrick looked for a model to represent the allegorical image of ‘Victory’ he could think of no one more suitable than one of these same nurses. While other artists 'Victories' seem to have fluttered down from the clouds, Carrick's rose up out of the trenches.

Berwick with church

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