E.O. Hoppé (2)

Although unaware of Hoppé’s status as a portrait photographer, I have discovered that I do own a copy of a book for which he provided beautiful sepia photographs, 40 of which were tipped in: that is, Tancred Borenius’s Forty London Statues and Public Monuments, published by Methuen in 1926. Borenius was by then the Durning-Lawrence Professor at University College, London and, like other émigré art historians (most notably, Wittkower and Pevsner) had become interested in the art – particularly the medieval art – of his adopted country. The book is a survey of London’s public statuary and Borenius must have asked Hoppé to take the photographs specially for the book.

Here is Charles I, isolated from his surroundings in Charing Cross:-

The Monument:-

Charles II:-

So, it goes on, ending with the W.H. Hudson Memorial in Hyde Park.


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