Friday, May 16, 2014

Naked in Portland stone

Two naked male figures (guards) at the front of the Bank of England - naked in Portland stone, holding gigantic keys and chains.

The sculptor was Sir Charles Wheeler.  Early 1930s.  Each statue carved from a single block of stone.

They have six-pack stomachs, absolutely straight backs, stern expressions.

Normally naked statues and classical architecture would indicate the inspiration of ancient Greece, Sir Charles Wheeler said he was inspired by John Milton's 1637 poem Lycidas, and the figure with the key is St Peter "The Pilot of the Galilean lake."

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