Esoteric London

No. 792: Cheyne Walk, SW3

Posted in Parks, Public Art, Wartime London by esotericlondon on March 12, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_8603 copy

Roper’s Garden, Cheyne Walk, London, SW3. Photo © Roger Dean, 2013

The Wild Tribes of London – Watts Phillips, 1855:

To our right lies the Tower, rising black and dismal, scarcely to be distinguished from the murky atmosphere around; but we hear the wind howling and moaning about its time-stained towers, as though it bore upon its blasts the spirits of the many victims who have found a dungeon and a grave within its gloomy walls.

[Roper’s Garden was constructed on the site of buildings destroyed by parachute mine on 17th April 1941. The above relief is by Jacob Epstein who lived and worked in a studio on the site from 1909 to 1914. The piece apparently has two names Woman Taking Off Her Dress and A Woman Walking Against The Wind and I think the latter is perhaps more descriptive of the piece. R.D.]

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