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Monumental Busts Guildhall

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The Guildhall Art Gallery.
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Oliver Cromwell. Head study in clay one and a half times life size.
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Oliver Cromwell. Head study cast in plaster.
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Oliver Cromwell. Completed bust in Portland stone.
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Christopher Wren. Completed bust in the studio, before installation.
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Christopher Wren. Completed bust in Portland stone.
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William Shakespeare. Head study at one and a half times life size, depicting the playwright in early maturity.
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William Shakespeare. Completed bust in Portland stone.
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Samuel Pepys, in the studio during carving.
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Samuel Pepys, in the studio before installation.
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Samuel Pepys. Completed bust in Portland stone.
Description of Project

The new Guildhall Art Gallery houses the substantial collection of paintings owned by the City of London. The Portland stone building was designed with an open loggia opening onto Guildhall Yard with four shallow niches on the rear wall. New portrait busts were commissioned commemorating individuals particularly associated with the history of the City: Cromwell, Wren, Shakespeare and Pepys. The project involved researching the appearance of each figure as the basis for designing new busts, which were produced at one and a half times life size, a scale demanded by the architectural location.

Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Art Gallery

Category: Figurative Sculpture

Date: 1989
Material: Portland Stone
Architect: Richard Gilbert-Scott

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