FRASERBURGH, TEMPERED STEEL

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At Fraserburgh Carrick produced a beautifully composed group, 'Justice Guiding Valour'. The sword of justice provides a focus at the front of the composition as Justice restrains Valour with a light touch of her finger on his sword arm. The most striking feature of the group is that Justice is by far the larger figure, almost dwarfing the warrior at her side. Carrick had witnessed the war at first hand and would have recognised that valour was to be seen on every side, Allied and Axis. What mattered was how such valour was directed.
Carrick had visited the town in 1920 and his sensitivity to site in terms of the monuments impact and the effects of lighting is again reflected in his subsequent letters to Mr. Anderson of the war memorial committee writing ' Regarding the question of frontage my reason for a North East exposure is that I would not like the back of the memorial to be the chief view one would get on walking from the town...As far as the lighting goes the South East would be by far the best but one cannot have it both ways and I prefer the South East for the reason that the approach is much better and the evening light from the West would trickle nicely over the figure of the youth.'
The photograph (left) was taken some years ago when the group had received a 'wet look' coat of polyeurethane.

Again I believe Carrick's model for 'Justice' was Miss Hunt, the physiotherapist who served as a nurse in the Great War (see Bronze Age - Berwick on Tweed)

The light touch of 'Justice' (above) as she gently restrains 'Valour' is reminiscent of the medieval carving by Gislebertus of the 'The Dream of the Magi' on a carved capital at Autun (Right), there is eloquence in understatement. The artist who had Carrick's greatest admiration above all others was Donatello, the Italian sculptor who bridged the Gothic and Renaissance traditions, and I think Carrick was similarly greatly influenced by and admired both traditions and styles. But his application of such influences was always relevant to the present and was never a dull and unimaginative copying.

Fraserburgh war memorial, unveiled 12/09/1923

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