Francis Bird (2)

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:-

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The sculpture in the tympanum is fine, but not especially visible.   Bird was paid £650 ‘For carving the great Pedament of the West Portico’:-

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Then I realised how much good quality decorative carving there is on the west and south fronts:-

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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:-

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4 thoughts on “Francis Bird (2)

  1. Jocelyn says:

    I beg to differ. You got a wonderful surreal photograph of Millennium Bridge! Was there any post-production involved?

    All the best,
    Jocelyn

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