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Ian Brennan (sculptor)

Ian G. Brennan (born 1950) is the official sculptor to the Most Noble Order of the Garter and Honourable Order of the Bath.[1] Brennan has received over ninety-five commissions for the Royal Household, these include over seventy-five carved and painted crowns, coronets and crests. Those of the Garter knights have been installed in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Those of the Knights of the Bath have been installed in Henry VII Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey.[2]

Royal commissions

Brennan's commissions in both wood and bronze for the British Royal Household have drawn other patrons. In the nearly 30 years since his appointment as official sculptor to Britain's two most prestigious heraldic orders, the artist has completed commissions for King Juan Carlos of Spain, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Harald V of Norway and Emperor Akihito of Japan.[3]

Order of the Garter

Over the course of decades, a number of newly created crests carved by Brennan have been positioned above the Knights choir stalls (seats) in St George's Chapel. These include the crests and coronet for three former British Prime Ministers: The Swan for Sir Edward Heath,the stag for Sir John Major and the coronet for Baroness Margaret ThatcherThe coronets for Princess Alexandra, Lavinia,Duchess of Norfolk and Lady Soames; daughter of Sir Winston Churchill. The wings for Sir Timothy Colman, the swan for Sir Edward Heath, the badger for Lord Butler of Brockwell, the lion for Field Marshal Lord Bramall, the griffin for Lord Bingham of Cornhill, the stag for Sir John Major, and the kiwi for Sir Edmund Hillary. The Coronet for the Princess Anne,The Princes Royal, the Royal crests for The Duke of Glocester, Prince Andrew The Duke of York, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex and more recently the Royal crest for Prince William. The gilded Chrysanthemum crest of HIM Emperor Akihito represented a somewhat different artistic challenge than is normally posed by the conventions of European heraldry. Brennan was also asked to replace damaged or missing carving on some of the older historic sculpture in the chapel. Among those restored Garter Crests and Royal Crowns which were originally made during the middle of the last century are King Frederick IX of Denmark, King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.[4]

Order of the Bath

Brennan carved the crest for HRH The Prince of Wales, The Great Master of the Order of the Bath. Other crests created by Brennan for Knights of the Bath include carving done for Sir Douglas Lowe, Air Chief Marshal Sir Neil Wheeler and Admiral Sir Anthony Griffin.[5]

Other commissions

Brennan carved a life-size lion figurehead and he also worked on the scrollwork around the entrance port on the middle gun-deck on Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory[3] which is currently in dry dock at Portsmouth's Royal Naval Dockyard.[6] Today, HMS Victory serves as flagship of the United Kingdom's Second Sea Lord and the Royal Navy's Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command. Brennan's sculptural work was part of an on-going restoration and maintenance programme for the oldest commissioned warship in the world.[7]

Other marine sculpture includes creating the Cunard Crest which is on display in the Grand Lobby of the ocean liner MS Queen Victoria.[8]



  • "Carver of the Month: Ian G. Bennan," Woodezine. Vol. II, No. VI. June 2004.
  • Kemp, Martin. "The lost art of public sculpture," The Guardian (London). March 29, 2007.
  • Burkes-peerage :
  • Prince William's Royal Crest : Daily Telegraph :

External links

  • Ian Brennan: Artist's website
  • "Brennan's six feet high 'Osprey catching a Pike' bronze statue for a fountain"
  • BBC-Hampshire: Southampton FC, Ted Bates' statue pulled
  • Brennan's carved full size master copy of the bronze crucifix statue
  • video of creating a Crest for a Knight of the Garter
  • Brennans Garter Crests in St George's Chapel Windsor Castle
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