Champion Aberdeen Angus Bull, Galawater Bold King
Sire: Wedderlie Ebony. Dam: Galawater Barbara Kim.
Champion Junior Yearling Bull – Royal Highland Show 2006
Junior & Supreme Champion – Perth 2007
The opportunity arose to sculpt Lord and Lady Bamford’s prize bull, Galawater Bold King, bought the previous year for the princely sum of 15,000Gns. So I travelled over to their estate in Gloucestershire to see him. Though still a young bull, Bold King was quite an animal – very long in the body and already carrying considerable bulk through his chest, neck and shoulders. Though not in show condition [before bulls are shown they are given extra rations to add mass] I was particularly taken with his head; it was so full of character that I decided to sculpt a head study, exactly as he looked out in the field. Estate Manager, Richard Smith helped manoeuvre Bold King into position while I took the necessary reference photographs and measurements, after which I returned to Devon to start sculpting.
Sculpting a head study enabled me to really go to town on all those fascinating little details that distinguished Galawater Bold King’s characterful head from any other Angus. The work went well and I was soon able to take the finished clay to the foundry.
There really was only one possible patina for the final bronze – Glossy, glossy black!Read more...
The Aberdeen Angus, renowned for the quality of their meat, are arguably the greatest beef breed in the world. The Aberdeen Angus was developed in the early part of the 19th century from the polled and predominantly black cattle of North East Scotland known locally as, “doddies” or “hummlies”. By line breeding and selection for type, early pioneers like, Hugh Watson, William McCombie and Sir George Macpherson-Grant, established the foundation of the modern Aberdeen Angus, which are powerfully built cattle; long and deep in the body with a smallish head; they are black or red in colour, although black is more common. They are resistant to harsh weather, undemanding, adaptable, good natured and mature extremely early.
Nick has also sculpted a full study of another champion Aberdeen Angus, “Rosemead Jeronny“.