As I prepare to set off on holiday, I am posting a few more photographs of my tours round Burlington Gardens last week, one of which concentrated on the stonework of Pennethorne’s north façade, since we are hoping for help with the funding of its restoration. Former students of the Royal Academy Schools were employed in the carving of the monumental statuary.
Francis Bacon, a great hero to the Chinese, was carved by William Theed, who entered the Schools in 1820, studied in Rome under Thorvaldsen, was commissioned by Prince Albert to produce work for Osborne House, and carved Africa on the Albert Memorial:-
This is Humphry Davy, the last on the pediment, so much more worn, carved by Matthew Noble, a portrait sculptor who came from outside Scarborough and did the statue of the Marquess of Anglesey on the column at Llanfairpwll:-
The outside wall of the lecture theatre reveals the residue of its previous incarnation:-
And the basement vaults of Burlington House have some spectacular pipework:-