At the top of the Mall, in the middle of the road directly outside Buckingham Palace is a Grade I listed monument that most Londoners usually ignore or use as a roundabout, and most tourists just sit on to take selfies.
But stop and have a really good look at it next time you are there, for Thomas Brock's Victoria with her marble surround by Sir Aston Webb, is 25 metres tall and covered with wonderful sculptures and friezes relating to justice, truth, peace and victory, as well as nautical references in the form of mermaids and mermen.
The beautifully rendered gauzy outfits and nudity on almost every character (except Victoria herself) ties in really well with a post I wrote last year about all the perky breasts the Victorians liked to depict on their statuary. But, as you can see, the ladies on this magnificent edifice are more realistic.
These pics have proved to be be very popular within my Flickr photostream.
It may be because I have included nipples, tit, breast, woman, naked etc in the tags. Ha ha.
It is an amazing piece of work and it is well worth spending time to check out the details. What I'd really like to know though is why does the winged figure appear to be wearing a German helmet? Oh, wait a minute............!ReplyDelete