Esoteric London

No. 672: Cavendish Square, W1

Posted in Statues by esotericlondon on September 25, 2012

Cavendish Square, London, W1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

London Labour and the London Poor; A Cyclopædia of the Condition and Earnings of Those That Will Work, Those That Cannot Work, and Those That Will Not Work – Henry Mayhew, 1862:

At the corner of Drury Lane I saw three women standing talking together. They were innocent of crinoline, and the antiquity of their bonnets and shawls was really wonderful, while the durability of the fabric of which they were composed was equally remarkable. Their countenances were stolid, and their skin hostile to the application of soap and water.

[ The Duke of Cumberland rides again on the plinth in the centre of Cavendish Square. The original statue of him was removed from the square in 1868 after he became widely hated due to his particularly ruthless treatment of the Jacobite rebels in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden but now he sits proudly astride his trusty mount again. This time however, he and his steed have been fashioned out of soap by the artist Meekyoung Shin. The pair will be in situ for a year during which time they will be slowly eroded by the London rain. R.D.]

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