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Virtues - Delectation

Erection date: 25/11/1952

In a formal garden Margot Fonteyn sits demurely listening to Edward Sackville-West playing a harpsichord. A female statue behind holds a lyre.

Site: National Gallery - Anrep mosaics - Virtues (15 memorials)

WC2, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery - Staircase Hall - North Vestibule

See National Gallery - Anrep mosaics - Muses for general information about these mosaic floors.

The 1954 'Modern Virtues' is in a style very different from that of the earlier 'Muses' floor, with scenes depicted inside frames which carry each scene’s title. These panels appear to be laid on a mosaic floor with a geometric pattern, on which autumnal leaves have fallen – trompe l'oeil in mosaic.

This 'Modern Virtues' floor was gifted (which we take to mean funded) by Maud Russell and opened on 25 November 1952.

To avoid database clutter we have put the Creator links on just the page for the Anrep panel.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Virtues - Delectation

Subjects commemorated i

Dame Margot Fonteyn

Prima ballerina assoluta.  Born Reigate as Margaret Hookham. As a child lived...

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Edward Sackville-West

Edward Charles Sackville-West, 5th Baron Sackville was a music critic, noveli...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Virtues - Delectation

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Virtues - Anrep

Virtues - Anrep

Carved at the top of the gravestone is a portrait of Anrep himself. The image...

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Virtues - Compassion

Virtues - Compassion

Anna Akhmatova, looking towards Anrep's gravestone (in another panel) and sur...

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Virtues - Compromise

Virtues - Compromise

We initially thought this odd scene may refer to one of Loretta Young's films...

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Virtues - Curiosity

Virtues - Curiosity

Lord Rutherford wears a coronet - he had been raised to the peerage in 1931. ...

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Virtues - Defiance

Virtues - Defiance

In front of the white cliffs of Dover Winston Churchill, in his signature sir...

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Nearby Memorials

Virtues - Folly

Virtues - Folly

WC2, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery - Staircase Hall - North Vestibule

Wrapped in floating fabric the beautiful Maud Russell looks at us, unaware that over her shoulder the eyes of the jester jingle stick are...

1 subject commemorated
Blackfriars sundial

Blackfriars sundial

EC4, Riverside walk, City of London Boys School

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1 subject commemorated, 7 creators
Muses - Polyhymnia

Muses - Polyhymnia

WC2, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery - Staircase Hall - Half-way Landing

Diana Mitford as Polyhymnia the muse of sacred poetry. At the time the mosaic was made Diana's fascist leanings were possibly not yet app...

1 subject commemorated
Reformers Tree

Reformers Tree

W2, Hyde Park

This mosaic is at a meeting of 9 footpaths and 7 outlying mosaics, in the same style as the central feature, point the way to: Hyde Park ...

2 subjects commemorated, 4 creators
Hutton Panels - Romans and Mithras

Hutton Panels - Romans and Mithras

EC4, Walbrook, Walbrook underground entrance

Two extensive information panels in the corner give the background to this unusual display, so we've transcribed them here: The station ...

3 subjects commemorated, 4 creators