Plaque

Robert Browning - W2 sculpture

Robert Browning - W2

Erection date: 1965

Inscription

{Here is the text of the currrent (2015) plaque but that is in the process of being altered, see our comments:}
In memory of Robert Browning, Two Doves symbolising peace, love and learning.
The London County Council
Paddington Waterways and Maida Vale Society
The English and American Browning Society
Sculptor - William Mitchell Des. R.C.A. 

2015: The attribution of this work, ‘Two Doves’, to William Mitchell is being changed to credit Malcolm Thackwray instead.  Mitchell has requested that the plaque be replaced to reflect this change.  The authorship of this sculpture has been confused:  There is documentary evidence that it was created by Malcolm Thackwray. He was at the time working in William Mitchell’s studio as an assistant and at Mitchell's suggestion entered the 1965 competition for a design for the Robert Browning Commemorative Sculpture.  Mitchell was involved in discussions about the design, which won the competition.  Thackwray produced the work in Mitchell’s studio using his specialist tools. Thackwray himself acknowledges an ‘obvious and inevitable Mitchellian influence’.

Google shows Mitchell’s career to be extensive and well-documented, in the distinctive style displayed on this sculpture. Thackwray's work can be seen at his website. Despite the facts, to us here at London Remembers it still looks like a work by William Mitchell, and we urge you to Google images for his name plus “sculptor” - his muscular, vibrant work is impressive.

Site: Robert Browning - W2 (2 memorials)

W2, Warwick Crescent

The section of canal opposite this house, Browning's Pool, was named after the poet. We found the sculpture difficult to photo and this photo was kindly provided by William Mitchell.

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

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Robert Browning - W2 sculpture

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Robert Browning

Poet and playwright. Born Camberwell.  His works include ‘Home Thoughts from ...

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English and American Browning Society

Plenty of Browning Societies exist, but we can't find one with this specific ...

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London County Council

Prior to the LCC London matters were run by church parishes. The LCC was the ...

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Paddington Waterways and Maida Vale Society

Conservation Society. Founded by Colonel Peter Flower and Lord Norwich.It has...

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William Mitchell

Sculptor. He has worked in a vast variety of techniques and media, producing ...

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Robert Browning - W2 Westminster plaque

Robert Browning - W2 Westminster plaque

He lived at what was number 19 Warwick Crescent.

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