Peter Murray


Commemorating London: The good, the bad and the “meh” of London Monuments – a joint event with the London Historians held at the Sir Christopher Hatton pub 4 Leather Ln, London EC1N 7RA. Barry Coidan reports.

Don Brown, our Director, introduced the evening’s exciting programme. As well as the countdown of the 10 most reviled public monuments in the capital we were to enjoy talks by four guest speakers on their uncommemorated heroes. There was also a quiz and a bar: all the ingredients for an enjoyable evening.

But first we were treated to a talk by Joanna Moncrieff on public sculptures in and around Westminster. I have to say all of them were new to me.

First is “Three Figures”  by Neal French, Bourdon Place, London W1 representing a passerby coming upon the photographer Terence Donovan photographing the model Twiggy near his studio in Mayfair in the 1960’s.They were commissioned by Grosvenor Estates when they were redeveloping Fifty Grosvenor Hill as offices in this London conservation area.

Next we encountered the Young Dancer by Enzo Plazzotta (unveiled 1988).

The bronze Young Dancer sits tying her ballet shoes almost opposite the Bow Street entrance to the Royal Opera House and just round the corner from the Royal Ballet School on Floral Street. The sculpture was a gift to the Council on condition they paid for its siting – the Council would appear to have not heeded the Royal Fine Arts Commission’s (RFAC) view that the piece had little merit!

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