Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.
I like this a lot: William Bloye’s bas relief for the Fox and the Hollybush public house in Fox Hollies, Birmingham. As well as being a lovely piece of design there’s also something very 1920s about it.
Bloye studied at the Birmingham School of Art. After serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Great War he returned to teach there. In the 1920s he became a member of the Birmingham Civic Society. As well as carving the amazing bas-reliefs in the city’s Hall of Memory, he worked on many commissions for local libraries and hospitals and the University.
The Fox and Hollybush has long gone: Bloye’s relief is now on the wall of a Lidl supermarket.