Champion Tamworth Boar, Crane Glen III
Sire: Crane Glen. Dam: Carn Pleasant Roseleaf 30
B.P.A. Young Pig Of The Year 2006
I was delighted to be given the chance to sculpt the Marquis of Salisbury’s champion Tamworth boar, Crane Glen III – an opportunity not to be missed!
I drove over to the Cranborne estate in neighbouring Dorset, where I was met by the Marquis’ pig keeper, Trina Baker. As we walked over to the pig enclosures, through Cranborne’s magnificent grounds, we chatted about the Marquis’ love of pigs and about Crane Glen III [pet name, Joby – pronounced, Joe – Bee].
I love Tamworth pigs! They are such lively, intelligent pigs, with beautiful golden red coats and bright alert faces. The Tamworth pig as a breed originated when Sir Robert Peel brought red, “Irish Grazers” over in 1812, to join his existing herd at Drayton Manor, Tamworth. And in 1865, “The Tamworth” was officially recognised as an English breed. They are almost certainly the truest indigenous pig of the British Isles. Unlike our other pig breeds, it was not, “improved” during the industrial revolution by breeding with imported oriental pigs. The long face and lean, long-legged body, covered in thick hair, is very reminiscent of its ancestor the European Wild Boar.Read more...
As we neared his enclosure, Joby came over to greet us, no doubt influenced by the bucket of pig nuts in Trina’s hand. He really was a splendid animal! Trina encouraged him to walk around his enclosure, using said pig nuts, while I took my reference photographs and measurements. Having successfully managed to get a few shots with Joby’s head out of the bucket! I made my farewells and headed back to Devon.
I sculpted Joby as befits a Tamworth – on the move. Using soft wax, to capture the minute subtleties of his head and eyes correctly; then moving on to his fine long body, strong legs and perky tail, before sculpting his surprisingly delicate feet; the sculpture was completed within the month.
The foundry did a fine job, giving the finished bronze a rich, deep red gold patina and mounting him onto a large bronze base, patinated to look like aged brown leather. The end result is one of my favourite pieces.