Having done a post on Francis Bird, I thought the least I could do would be to inspect his work in situ.
Queen Anne still presides in front of all the tourists taking photographs of the west front, but she’s a copy dating from the 1880s by which time the original had been much vandalised:-
The sculpture in the tympanum is fine, but not especially visible. Bird was paid £650 ‘For carving the great Pedament of the West Portico’:-
Then I realised how much good quality decorative carving there is on the west and south fronts:-
I thought that I could see more of the sculpture close-up by climbing the dome. I paid my £18. All I got was a misty view of Tate Modern:-