Esoteric London

No. 355: Silk Street, EC2

Posted in Architectural, Interiors, Meteorological, Wildlife by esotericlondon on July 8, 2011

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Barbican Arts Centre, Silk Street entrance, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

Saunterings in and about London – Max Schlesinger, 1853:

Twice in the course of the last week – for an essayist on astronomical matters ought to be conscientious – twice did the sun appear for a few minutes. It was late in the afternoon, and it looked out from the west, just above Regent’s–park, where the largest menagerie in the world may be seen for one shilling, and, on Mondays, for sixpence. All the animals, from the hippopotamus down to the beaver, left their huts, where they were at vespers, and stared at the sun, and wished it good morning. It was a solemn moment! An impertinent monkey alone shaded his eyes with his hands, and asked the sun where it came from and whether there was not some mistake somewhere? And the sun blushed and hid its face beneath a big cloud. The monkey laughed and jeered, and the tigers roared, and the turtle–doves said such conduct was shocking and altogether ungentlemanly. The owl alone was happy, and said it was; for it had been almost blind during the last five minutes; “and that,” as he said, “was a thing it had not been used to in London.”

[ The above photograph is of the ceiling light in the Silk Street entrance to the Barbican Arts Centre who kindly permitted me to use the location. You can visit the Barbican’s website by clicking hereR.D.]

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