It is a study of a Merman. Images of Mermen are all around this locality around Water Street and the town centre.
He was the man who created the bronze castings on the Cenotaph on the space directly in front of the entrance to St Georges Hall along with architect Lionel Buddon.
Look up at most stone carvings from that interwar period and there is a chance that they were done in his workshop.
There was a little bit of research to do but I can take my time I thought but shortly after me picking it up Terry McDonald a local sculptor who seems to have been around forever, dropped in the shop.
Of course he used to work for Tyson Smith so I showed him an image of the bronze.
” Oh yes I remember that....... I broke the full sized plaster model of that same piece up, after the war, It was going to be a fountain, there was no money around for it”
“Positive I was only a young bloke then but I remember it as if it was yesterday” he replied
pic; by Wayne Colquhoun; Terry McDonald at his workshop
What a tourist attraction this would now make but instead http://www.liverpoolmonuments.co.uk/tyson/workshop06.htm it is now a shop selling cheap Chinese imports that do nothing to evoke the history of that area.
He also did work out of the city this is a monument he erected in Accrington. http://www.liverpoolmonuments.co.uk/tyson/accrington/content/figure01_large.html
He joined the Royal Engineers at the outbreak of war in 1914 and was stationed at Dymchurch, Kent.
Honorary instructor in Craftsmanship at Liverpool University School of Architecture.
pic courtesy of Chambre Hardman archive Liverpool