Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sepia Saturday 220 - vintage postcards of statues

A quick scour through my vintage postcards helped me out again for this week's Sepia Saturday theme of statues. These are all from London, or its surrounding areas.

First up is a vintage postcard of the Statue of Diana in Bushey Park, Hampton Court. This statue was originally commissioned for Somerset House, but has been in Bushey Park since 1713.

Vintage postcard of the Statue of Diana, Bushey Park, Hampton Court
Vintage postcard of the Statue of Diana, Bushey Park, Hampton Court 

Easy to miss, but no visit to London's Hyde Park can be considered complete without seeing the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens. The author of Peter Pan, J.M.Barrie lived close to the gardens and used them for inspiration.

Vintage postcard of the Peter Pan statue, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London
Vintage postcard of the Peter Pan statue, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London

Located in Waterloo Place, just off London's Regent Street, is the Crimean War memorial, commemorating the allied forces victory in the Crimean War. The statue is by John Bell and features three guardsmen beneath the allegorical figure, Honour. The statue was made from the bronze cannons captured at the siege of Sevastopol.

Vintage postcard of the Crimean Memorial, Waterloo Place, London
Vintage postcard of the Crimean Memorial, Waterloo Place, London

I've not been able to find out anything about this next one - maybe someone out there knows?

Vintage postcard of The Mansion House, London
Vintage postcard of statue at Mansion House, London

And finally, needing no introduction, is Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London.

Vintage postcard of Trafalgar Square, London
Vintage postcard Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, London

As usual 100's more vintage postcards can be found on my web site

    

9 comments:

  1. My absolute favorite is Peter Pan (not from an art appreciation perspective, but from a literary one!). Loved that story, love this statue!

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  2. London's a place that I've not had the chance to explore since I was about 12. Time to visit again, I think.

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  3. Great statue postcards, and stories too!

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  4. Ahh...! If only we could get back to ("Never Never Land").

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  5. A nice medley. The monument at Mansion House is of the Duke of Wellington. It was cast in bronze from cannon that Wellington captured from the French. He sits astride a horse with no saddle or stirrups. Don't know how this connects to his nickname of The Iron Duke.

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  6. You showed my favorite statue. I love the Peter Pan one. It's so charming.

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  7. Thanks for sharing these. Too late for me now but i wish I'd been a postcard collector, sorry now for the ones I've disposed of over the years.

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  8. I've yet to spend any time exploring London - you've given me some extra things to put on my list.

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  9. The date of the Diana statue threw me -- oh, THAT Diana!

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