A Dickens of a thing …

I started this A3Traveller blog with a post on Charles Dickens for we share a common birthdate, so it seemed somewhat appropriate, especially given he is a local lad made good. It’s wonderful to hear therefore that a statue to this literary master will be unveiled in the city of his birth at Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square…

Singular Statues: #7 King William III

I am just a little shocked at the excess shown by this double gilded gold-leafed vision of King William III, which stands at the eastern end of The Porter’s Garden of Portsmouth Dockyard, just inside the main entrance. You will be unsurprised to hear that it was sculpted “in the manner of the Caesars” by the…

Singular Statues: #6 Captain Robert Falcon Scott

This statue of Captain Robert Falcon Scott commemorating his ill-fated second expedition to the South Pole, stands at the western end of The Porter’s Garden of Portsmouth Dockyard, just inside the main entrance. Sculpted by his widow, Lady Kathleen in 1915, the Grade II listed bronze statue of Captain Scott with one of his faithful…

Singular Statues: #5 Sound II

The fifth in the series of Singular Statues is by the artist, Antony Gormley, who is said to have donated this work – Sound II – to Winchester Cathedral.  Located in the crypt, it is best viewed when the area is flooded (the cathedral is very close to the water table), where you see this…

Singular Statues: #4 HMS Trafalgar Figurehead

I discovered this magnificent carved and decorated figurehead featuring Admiral Lord Nelson lying quite close to HMS Victory, his famous ship, in Portsmouth Dockyard one fine day.  As you can see, the right eye remains unpainted as he famously lost his sight in this eye in the siege of Calvi in 1794. Research relates that…

Singular Statues: #3 Joan of Arc

For the third in this venerable series to promote the forgotten statues of yesteryear, here we have one of my favourites – Joan of Arc of course, situated outside the Lady Chapel in Winchester Cathedral.  Created by Sir Ninian Comper in 1923, the statue’s base is said to contain a piece of stone from Rouen…

Singular Statues: #2 Sherlock Holmes

I loved this statue of Sherlock Holmes from the moment I set eyes on it.  It was Laura Porter of About London (the Queen of all things London) who took me on a Sherlock Holmes hunt with the statue as our first stopping place. Research shows that John Doubleday is the artist behind this three…

Singular Statues: #1 King Alfred

When wandering around on my travels, I come across all kinds of statuary – some in good repair – others a little worse for wear – all completely forgotten.  It seemed to me rather sad to see these works of art which would have been celebrated when unveiled, lying in the shadows, covered in soot…