London Pride

London Pride

London Pride

London Pride

I came across this beautiful statue on Friday, on my journey down to the South Bank which runs along the River Thames.

I did not get a chance to read all about it, so had to look it up when I got home.

It is called ‘London Pride’

Here is the inscription that you would read below:

LONDON PRIDE, Frank Dobson (1886-1963).
Commissioned for The Festival Of Britain 1951. Given by Mary Dobson 1987 and placed on the South Bank. Assisted generously by Lynton Property & Reversionary Plc and The Henry Moore Foundation. Arts Council Of Great Britain.

You will find this along the embankment just upstream of Waterloo Bridge. Β It’s size is larger than life and these lovely women are seated on a plinth outside the National Theatre.

It has a modern look to it with a classic twist, the eye catching statues baring themselves under the London sky come rain or shine.

The statues are a reminder of an event that took place at that site over 50 yrs ago and that is the Festival of Britain in 1951. Β It was commissioned for the Festival and once formed part of an artistic programme that featured over 30 sculptures by leading British artists of the day.

What is your favourite statue, do you have one?

What do you think of this one?

Thank you for reading, Justine xxx

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  22 comments for “London Pride

  1. NotAPunkRocker
    December 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    I can’t think of a favorite statue necessarily, but I do like this one. Modern and timeless at the same time.

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    • December 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Ah yes, you know I would like to grow old like that you know, classically! My mother always used to say it was in the bones hehe…she might be right! xx

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  2. December 27, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I have fond memories of my father taking me to the Festival of Britain. Thanks for bringing them back πŸ™‚

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    • December 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      oh wow thats superb, how lovely I wish I had seen it. I love these two ladies, they look so ladylike yet naked lol, one almost would not bat an eyelid at their nakedness had they not been so beautifully sculpted, one would have almost thought them dressed x

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  3. December 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    One of my favorites and great post to share!

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  4. December 27, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Lovely statues, they look very composed and natural. My favorite is called The Awakening http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Awakening_(sculpture) I lived in Washington DC and saw it there but it has since been relocated to Maryland. My daughter used to love to go there. I have photo’s of her in the hand and on the foot.

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    • December 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      Wow thats quite something that statue the awakening i would love to see it. I imagine some really young children might be scared of it a little at first, high impact visually, love it xx and magical!

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      • December 27, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Yes I have seen little ones run and cry. It’s giant. My daughter loved it, used to have so much fun there.

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  5. December 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    This is so interesting – thank you! Isn’t London great?!
    My favourite statue is probably one my mother made based on Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’.
    Best wishes to you,
    Emma πŸ™‚

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    • December 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      I love London πŸ˜‰ Do you have a photo of that statue, sounds amazing, what did she make it out of? x

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      • December 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        No, I don’t have a photo – it’s a little clay statue, and she made it inspired by ‘The Thinker’, but it’s also about a teenager – trying to work out how to move on – I think…!
        Ex.

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        • December 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM

          Yes, its lovely when one finds out what the statues are actually meant to depict πŸ™‚ xx

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  6. December 28, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    I will sure look it up next time I’m in the capital. I love London too.

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  7. January 2, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Lovely statue…I have go think about my fav

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    • January 2, 2015 at 6:16 PM

      ah yes, there are so many to chose from πŸ˜€

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      • January 2, 2015 at 7:20 PM

        My aunt is an artist and I keep thinking of her sculptures…I love to sit and just admire sculptures at the art museum…that shall go on my To Do list…I have not gone in a long itme; The Montreal Art Museum is right next to the university I went to…I have not been a member in a while…hmmm

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        • January 2, 2015 at 7:45 PM

          ooh i am excited taht i perhaps inspired a bit of a to do list, it sounds exciting i see many photo opportunities πŸ˜€

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          • January 2, 2015 at 7:54 PM

            Oh I can’t take photos in the museum though

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