From the northernmost borough of Hillingdon to the southern boroughs of Kingston, Merton, and Croydon, this volume focuses on public sculpture in the eight boroughs of outer south and west London. Of the three hundred monuments detailed, most were commissioned by aristocratic patrons to adorn private residences, among them Lord Burlington’s Chiswick House and Hampton Court Palace—famous for architectural and garden sculptures by John Van Nost, Caius Gabriel Cibber, and Edward Pierce. The nineteenth century saw private patronage replaced by public support, as ambitious programs of sculpture were launched to emphasize civic virtues. With more than two hundred illustrations, this book locates public sculpture in the context of the metropolis and offers insight into the shifting identities of the outer boroughs.
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Professor Fran Lloyd is Professor of Art History & Associate Dean Research & Enterprise, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University.
Helen Potkin is Principal Lecturer in Art History at Kingston University, London.
Davina Thackara is a writer, researcher and editor specialising in modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in sculpture. art and architecture and art and science. She was for many years Lecturer in Art Histotry at Kingston University, London.
This excellent new book reminder us vividly of the potential of these collaborations, as it comprehensively surveys the public sculpture in outer south and west London. The cheerful fusion of architecture and sculpture is the main theme of this work. The books are well produced, in a large accessible format and are fully illustrated and researched. -- Benedict O'Looney The Victorian Magazine
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