Bust

Homer bust

Inscription

{Under the bust:}
Poetry History

The figures either side represent Poetry and History. Ornamental Passions has no doubt that this bust portrays Homer. Who are we to argue?

Site: St Olave's Grammar School (3 memorials)

SE1, Queen Elizabeth Street

Our picture only shows a part of this large building, by E. W. Mountford, 1892-4. Built as a school it housed Lambeth College for a time and in 2008 there were plans to turn it into a hotel. 2011, and it's looking rather sad.
On the facade are three arched pediments with sculpted reliefs as follows, left to right:
- Newton
- two lounging school-boys and the dates 1571 - 1894.
- Homer.

Ornamental Passions have some good pictures and the sculpture, probably by Montford, is rather fine.  We have also accepted their identification of the two busts which we are sure is right.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Homer bust

Subjects commemorated i

Homer

Ancient Greek poet. Wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey, which date from somewhe...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Homer bust

Created by i

Paul Raphael Montford

Sculptor. Born in Kentish Town to father Horace. Other works in London: Batte...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Homer bust

Also at this site i

Newton bust

Newton bust

At first we thought this was Henry Leeke, the founder of the school but Ornam...

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St Olave's Grammar School

St Olave's Grammar School

St Olave's Grammar School occupied this site, 1855 - 1967.

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