The statues are both of Edwards - Edward I to the left and Edward VII to the right.
Edward I (1239-1307) or Longshanks as he was often called, reigned between 1272 and 1307. He conquered
Our next stop was at the site of two pieces of work by Peter Randall Page in Bury Place. The first, a statue called 'Beneath the Skin', is made from Kilkenny Limestone. The second, a frieze in two parts called 'Chain of Events'. It is made from Portland stone and black African granite.
Beneath The Skin
Chain of Events
Peter Randall Page was born in 1954 and attended Bath Academy of Arts - he has exhibited world wide.
We know come to another statue by Richard Garbe - of John Bunyan (1628-1688) (More information on Bunyan HERE)
Bunyan was a Christian write and preacher whose most famous work was The Pilgrim's Progress and after the Bible was the second most translated work by missionaries when they travelled abroad. The statue was made in 1903 and stands in a niche above the entrance of a former Baptist church, now closed.
If you look carefully, you can still see the words
At the other end of the Square is the bust of Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) another famous pacifist also imprisoned for his views during WW1. He was the founding President of CND and a noted mathematician although one of his more famous (or should that be infamous) written works 'A Marriage and Morals' pub.1929 encouraged behaviour frowned upon at the time, such as sex before marriage and open marriage. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. See HERE for more details on Russell. The statue is by Marcelle Quinton
Finally we returned to High Holborn to a sculture commissioned specifically for Brackton House - 'The Tennis Player' by Eduardo Paolozzi. Paolozzi was born in 1924 in Edinburgh of Italian descent. He was imprisoned at the age of 16 under a detention order during WW2 purely because of his Italian parentage. He become well known for his part in the 'Pop Art' movement during the 1960s and you can see several pieces of his work on display in London, notably the mosaics at Tottenham Court Road Tube station, and the bronze of Sir Issac Newton outside the British Library. He was also responsible for the cover of Paul McCartney's album Red Rose Speedway. Paolozzi was knighted in 1980 and died in 2005. See HERE for more details on his life and work.
The Tennis Player
Well that's all for this week. Part 2 of this walk is after Easter. I hope you have enjoyed it.