Mystery over location of terracotta heads

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An appeal for information has been launched more than five decades on - after five terracotta heads were removed from a university building in Sheffield54 years ago.

Staff at Sheffield Hallam University are seeking new information about the whereabouts of the heads, after they were taken from the Sheffield School of Art, on Arundel Street, in the city centre, to be put in storage before the building was demolished in 1960.

A report in The Star at the time quoted a council spokesman as saying the heads, which dated back to around 1855, would be stored until a suitable building was found on which to erect them on.

Lorna Raynes, from special collection support at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “There were originally five of these and we believe they depicted Michelangelo, Holbein, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer and Raphael.

“It is thought they were the work of Godfrey Sykes, a Yorkshire artist who trained at the school and later designed terracotta decorations for the South Kensington Museum, now the V&A, and also the gates at Weston Park.

“But where are they now?”

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