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Old Ironsides

By Philip_H
First of all a very big thank you for all the C&Cs on 'Closed Door' and especially to CarolG and Ann (EAS) for their much appreciated and highly valued UAs GrinGrin - a perfect end to the working week Smile.

Staying with the Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster), this is the statue of Oliver Cromwell (1599 1658), First Lord Protector (Republican Head of State) of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland (1653 1658), which stands outside the Palace.

The bronze statue was sculpted by Hamo Thornycroft, and features Cromwell standing holding a sword and a bible. The bible is marked "Holy Bible 1641", and while the main statue of Cromwell is marked "Hamo Thornycroft 1897", a bronze lion on the base is marked "1899".

Best wishes,

Tags: London Statue Architecture Westminster Houses of parliament Bronze statue Palace of westminster Oliver cromwell Perpendicular gothic revival Hamo thornycroft Lord protector Old ironsides

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
1 Feb 2013 6:16PM
Another fine capture, Philip, a good composition. Carol

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 6:21PM
It is this history behind such images that I find so very interesting Phillip "For without history we would have no future" a thought which I would try to instil in reluctant learners.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
1 Feb 2013 6:49PM
Excellent POV and composition Philip.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
1 Feb 2013 6:49PM
Here, some fascinating architecture with some great stories within!
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 6:56PM
I was expecting a detective in a wheelchairWink
Lovely detailGrin
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 6:59PM
Another super capture of a fabulous building - I always enjoy learning about them as well - Thanks Philip.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
1 Feb 2013 7:02PM
Super compo and contrast, I love it!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 7:36PM
I know the statue but have never viewed it from this angle. It works, a very appropriate as well as satisfying background.
The date is interesting - given the fervent monarchism of the time...
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
1 Feb 2013 8:03PM
I've tried capturing this statue from many angles (and failed) but this one looks good with its position in the bottom left.

xwang 9 56 8
1 Feb 2013 9:02PM
Beautiful clarity and colour.. nice shot, wonderful writing up..
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 9:34PM
Nice placement of the statue, Philip, and I like the way you fill the frame with the amazing architecture.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
1 Feb 2013 10:12PM
Beautifully composed and captured.

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
2 Feb 2013 5:48AM
I absolutely love your photos Philip !! This is such a special image and the history given excellent Smile You're a star !!
2 Feb 2013 8:26AM
Lovely clarity, an excellent composition
Tibetan 6 3 England
2 Feb 2013 11:24AM
Excellent photo Philp, good light and detail, nicely presented and pleased to see you have some awards of late, good I like what you do, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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