About the Artwork

When Nick undertook this commission He had to make sure the image presented to the committee showed a pictorial representation of one of the youngest of the victims to have perished in this tragedy. The whole process of finding the right image to eventually carve in bas-relief was painstaking and drawn out. Once this had been achieved Nicholas had to carve the exact same image that had been agreed upon.

Artist Comment

In May 1815 some 72 men and boys perished due to an infusion of water from an older disused mineshaft into the adjoining shaft being worked at that time resulting in those underground being trapped and suffocating. This tragedy is reasonably well documented as this incident, amongst others, changed the mining legislation of its day. The fact is that these men and boys, some as old as seventy five, the youngest were six yrs old, perished slowly and painfully plus they all must have known they were all as good as dead as rescue details show the hopelessness of the situation... I was angry for them but I didnt want to slide into politics or prejudice so I carved the little lad with a tightly drawn clenched fist; so as to show the world that they`re passing was scary and painful. They ALL died with clenched fists.
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x 115cm
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High Heaton Miners Memorial, Newcastle Upon Tyne

by Nicholas Rowsell
x 70cm
x 115cm
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