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Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Victorian Knowledge

Standing on the Holborn Viaduct the statue of commerce extends her hand to these two women. The keys to the city sit at her feet. Do you think they will do a better job than the city boys?
The viaduct built in the 1860's to improve the western entrance to the city took over 6 years at a cost of £2 million, expensive even in Victorian times.
Four statues gaze down at you, commerce (as shown in this picture), fine art, agriculture and science. Each given equal importance. Did the Victorians value a wider range of skills than those of today? What do you think?

10 comments:

Angie said...

Yes I think so. Love the way she is flanked by what I take to be a red Victorian building & decorative iron work on the bridge.

MARIA GRAZIA said...

Well, they were rather optimistic then. But it was not the golden age one may imagine. The Victorian Age was characterized by a coexistence of very distant opposing values, known as "the Victorian compromise", in the same social classes and even in the same individuals resulting in great hypocrisy. But I don't want to lecture you. I love the literature of that time, especially its women writers but, please, don't ask me my opinion on Victorian values or frame of mind. Anyway, the statue looks beautiful.

Ken Mac said...

excellent commentary. The older American values also served us better than the robber baron types now running Wall Street.

Cathy said...

She's quite handsome.

Christopher Raun Leth said...

Great post. I've passed this statue and wondered...

Peter said...

Victorian times certainly brought a lot, good and... Sometimes you feel that you would like to live those days... however better be on certain level on the scale of "classes"! What is sure is that the architectural souvenirs are nice!

primavera123 said...

Victorians certainly took a different view of public sculpture; a beautiful woman to represent commerce! Lovely!

Twentieth century public sculpture in my city (Washington DC) is a giant chrome paper clip. Wtf?

Tammy said...

Great moment captured.

Frank said...

Love the shot. The location and lighting are perect.

Asta said...

Wonderful shot. And your story is much appreciated. I've seen the statue, but had no idea. Thank you for enlightning me-:)

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