Bust

Caxton Hall - head 4 - unidentified

Possibly John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester. His hat is spot on (possibly standard bishop-wear at the time) and although Fisher is normally shown clean-shaven we did find a bearded image at For All the Saints. However we can find no picture of him with the ruff, which we think was a slightly later fashion item.

Site: Caxton Hall (12 memorials)

SW1, Caxton Street, 10, Caxton Hall

The foundation stone is low down at the right hand side of the building. Above each of the two statues is a bust, both of the Greek god variety rather than any particular mortal.

The 8 terracotta portraits, numbered left to right, are above the ground floor windows. We have identified 4 with varying degrees of confidence and we think the others probably include: John Locke, Isaac Newton, John Wesley. But with only hair style, facial hair and collars to go on it's just a guessing game. Have a go, bearing in mind that you are looking for men considered laudable in 1882. And dead - we don't think living men were ever honoured in this way.

Sorry our photos are not too good, but then, we have to say, the terracotta portraits are not the best quality themselves, though not as bad as this one.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Caxton Hall - head 4 - unidentified

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Caxton Hall - foundation stone

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Caxton Hall - head 1 - Milton

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Caxton Hall - head 2 - Caxton

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