The Website of Bob Speel
This website is mostly about sculpture, mostly in England, mostly Victorian and Edwardian, and lots of church monuments. It is simply intended for those interested in sculpture and related arts.
The most recent additions to this site include a page on monuments in St Botolph Aldersgate, another on the panel monuments in St Dunstan in the West, pages on the 17th Century sculptors Edward Marshall, his son Joshua Marshall, and the important Nicholas Stone the Elder, a page showing pictures of some lost monuments from St Alphage London Wall, pages on sculptors Henry Cheere and William Stanton, pages on monuments in St Mary, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, St Bartholomew the Great Priory Church monuments, and a note on the gate to the Physick Garden, Oxford.
Starting points: You can visit the iconic Nelson's Column, take a tour of the sculpture down Oxford Street or along Chelsea Embankment in London, or see the illustrative carvings on the old Leather Exchange, Bermondsey. Or tour Colmore Row in Birmingham. You can see the sculptured monuments in various churches, such as St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London, or Harrow-on-the-Hill Church in the suburbs - or if time is short, the 10-minute visit version of that page, or the graveyard monuments there. 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 (or tap rather than expanding the small pictures using your hand, if you are using a touch sensitive screen); or hover for caption.
Main sections of this site:
- Introducing Victorian and Edwardian sculpture
- Sculpture in London and Iconic Sculpture in London
- Church monuments, and sculpture in City of London Churches and some other London Churches
- Monuments in some Hertfordshire Churches
- Monuments in some Surrey Churches
- Monuments in some Essex-in-London Churches
- Monuments in a few Buckinghamshire Churches
- Sculpture in some English towns
- A few bits of sculpture in Belfast
- An Alphabet of Allegorical Sculpture
- Animal Sculpture
- Architects and Architecture page
Thoughts/comments/other regarding this site are welcome, though I generally respond quite slowly. 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 above, 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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