Images of Industry

Miner holding a lamp

SEALE, A. Barney (1896 - 1957)

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Date: 1947

Media: fibre glass and mixed media

Size: 1060 x 650 x 2750 mm

Acquired: 2001; Transfer

Accession Number: 2001.1/42

This statue was made for the National Coal Board for the Industrial Wales Exhibition at Olympia 1947. The miner was modelled on Thomas Idris Lewis of Seven Sisters, Neath.


Mark Etheridge, Curator: Industry and Transport Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
19 August 2015, 13:26

The version of the ‘Ideal Miner’ held by Amgueddfa Cymru is mainly made of fibreglass, and was one of a number of identical sculptures made for the Industrial Wales Exhibition held at Olympia in 1947.

It is currently on display at Big Pit: National Mining Museum. I have checked our records, and asked around, but we unfortunately do not know if an original sculptors maquette exists.

Andrea Mills
10 August 2015, 12:14
Thomas Idris Lewis was my grandfather. I am looking for the original 'Ideal Miner' sculpture of 1947 by Barney A Seale.

Many thanks
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