Thursday October 12 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation choose their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Charlotte Flight, Front of House and Communications Assistant chooses Tired Horse by Georg Ehrlich as her object of the month.

‘Georg Ehrlich’s Tired Horse sits proudly in the Library and is a favourite of mine and of regular Library volunteer Joanna. Until recently he was Joanna’s companion while she stewarded, keeping guard on the window sill next to her. You can now find him pride of place in the centre of the refractory table for visitors to see.

I find this and other Ehrlich sculptures around The Red House site very moving as he captures the characteristics of his subjects so well. The Tired Horse was acquired in 1968 and is one of many Ehrlich sculptures you will see during your visit.

‘Tired Horse’ by Georg Ehrlich. Purchased in 1968 by Britten and Pears. Part of the Britten-Pears Foundation Art collection

Born in Vienna in 1897 Georg Ehrlich first made his name as a draughtsman and engraver and only began to make sculptures in 1926. His work was included in the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale on four occasions and he was awarded the Sculpture Prize of the City of Vienna 1961 and elected A.R.A in 1962. In 1937 he came to England as a refugee and took British nationality. An exhibition of his work was held at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1964 and Ehrlich and his wife Bettina became great friends with Britten and Pears and they were in regular correspondence prior to Ehrlich’s death in 1966. Pears in particular wrote of Ehrlich “One cannot tell where craft stops and magic begins: in sculpture and music, less than in other arts. For music and sculpture are more magical than the others…”’