The Second Website of Bob Speel

This website is mostly about sculpture, mostly in England, mostly Victorian and Edwardian. It is simply intended for those interested in sculpture and related arts.

Recent additions to this site include a page on sculpture in Margate, Kent, a page on St Paul in the Square, Birmingham, where the sculptor William Hollins is buried, and also in Birmingham, a small note on the group of Boulton, Watt and Murdoch by William Bloye; and a page on St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London, courtesy of the Church authorities. As well, there are now pictures of some of the monuments in Denham Parish Church, again with thanks to the Church authorities. And a page on Harlington Parish Church as one of the series of Middlesex Churches on this site.

Sculpture of the Month for November is the Birmingham's statue of Edward VII, by the sculptor Albert Toft.

Starting points: You can take a tour of the sculpture down Oxford Street or along Chelsea Embankment in London or Colmore Row in Birmingham. You can see the sculptured monuments in various churches, such as St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London, or Hillingdon Parish Church or Ealing Parish Church in the suburbs. Or tour churches elsewhere in the country, for instance St Bartholomew's in Wednesbury, St Stephen's in Bristol, or Bradford Cathedral. You can see brief biographies of over 100 British sculptors, such as the New Sculptor Alfred Drury, the Victorian architectural sculpture H. H. Armstead or the terra cotta sculptor and designer W.J. Neatby. You can explore the statues in some of the great squares of London, including modern South American works in Belgrave Square or the ancient queen of Queen Square. Or see groups of civic statues in other cities, such as another Queen Square in Wolverhampton, a noble equestrian king in the Queen Square in Bristol, or the set of statues in St John's Gardens, Liverpool. There are several pages on animal statues, including snakes, elephants, and of course lions. And mythological ones too - you may like dragons or mermaids. And there are lots of allegorical figures representing ideals, moods and emotions, such as Truth and Tragedy. And there are other things too, including architectural sculpture such as on pillars and above archways in spandrels or as part of the archways as bearded keystone heads, or supporting them as Caryatids.

Throughout the site, click on any picture to enlarge it in the usual way (rather than expanding the small pictures using your hand, if you are using a touch sensitive screen).

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Thoughts/comments/other regarding this site are welcome, though I am unable to write back to everyone. If you do wish to write, please put some sensible title as anything that looks like it might be spam I generally delete without opening. Please also note that this is not a commercial site, and I neither buy nor sell artworks or prints, nor speculate on values of artworks. Address below, which you will need to type in if you want to contact me, as I've scanned it in to reduce spam.

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