Category Archives: Statues and Memorials

The Souvenir Mystery

While clearing out a chest on the screened porch, I ran across this small plaque. It belongs to Randy, and I have seen it frequently over the years. I had never paid it much attention and actually thought it was … Continue reading

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Ralph Lembo’s Home in the Woods: Itta Bena and the Blues

Yesterday was the unveiling of Mississippi’s newest Blues Trail marker. Rand and I made the journey to Itta Bena on a hot Delta day to acknowledge Ralph Lembo and his contributions to his adopted community of Itta Bena from his … Continue reading

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Corners in architecture: Canted, chamfered, and rounded

I have this thing for corners that are rounded, canted, or chamfered, especially door and window entrances. I really learned to appreciate them through Preservation in Mississippi. Apparently, though, I have liked them for a long time, since I took … Continue reading

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Piccadilly Circus

The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain at Piccadilly Circus opened to some controversy in 1893. Atop the fountain was the statue designed by Mr. Alfred Gilbert which was described: …a life-sized winged youth executed in aluminium, of the weight of about 7 … Continue reading

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Poor Woman’s Garden Gazing Ball

While I was writing my dissertation proposal, Mother accompanied me to Ruidoso, New Mexico for a working road trip. I wrote in the mornings while she slept in, then we’d have lunch in town and shop a little before I … Continue reading

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Westminster Scholars War Memorial: St. George and the Dragon

Meanwhile, back in London… The column memorial in front of Westminster Abbey commemorates Lord Raglan, Fitzroy James Henry Someset along with other former pupils from the Westminster School who died in the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny–known as the … Continue reading

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General Sir Henry Havelock

General Sir Henry Havelock occupies a spot in Trafalgar Square, just in front of King George IV–earlier profiled.  The Reverend W. Owen in 1858 published an account titled The Good Soldier: A Memoir of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock, of Lucknow, … Continue reading

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William and Mary

The statue of King William III is located at the south gate of Kensington Palace.  It was designed by Heinrich Bauke in 1907.  William of Orange led the invasion of England during the Glorious Revolution that saw the overthrow of … Continue reading

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King James II, and why London stopped feeding pigeons

The statue of James II stands in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.  He is depicted as a Roman emperor, wearing armour and with a laurel wreath crown–under the pigeon perched on his head.  James II was originally … Continue reading

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The tale of a naked man on a horse in front of a coffee shop

When we drove past this corner, I asked myself why people might want to eat next to a statue of a naked man on a horse…and then promptly forgot about it.  Over the years as I had occasion to look … Continue reading

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