Where is it? #41….

August 24, 2012

The latest in the series in which we ask you to identify where in London this picture was taken and what it’s of. If you think you can identify this picture (and try and be as precise as possible), leave a comment below. We’ll reveal the answer early next week. Good luck!

Yes, you guessed it, these are indeed the 3.7 metre high statues which sit above the south transept of St Paul’s Cathedral. The statues include those of St Andrew and St Thomas, both of which are attributed to Caius Gabriel Cibber (1630-1700) and Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721). We had originally said they were the work of Francis Bird (1667-1731), who also completed the famous panel depicting the Conversion of St Paul on the cathedral’s west front and the original version of the statue of Queen Anne outside the main entrance (more on that another time), but while he was responsible for other statues on the cathedral, turns out he wasn’t for these two. The image was taken from the viewing deck of One New Change on Cheapside.

4 Responses to “Where is it? #41….”

  1. St Paul’s, the statues are on the roof of the south transept (though there are similar ones on the north front as well).

  2. Angelo Mimmo Ampolo Says:

    S. Paul’s transept: south facade of the Cathedral just above the high relief of the Phoenix (‘Resurgam’).
    The statues represent Apostles martyrs (maybe at the centre it’s St. Andrew but I need to get close to check!).

  3. parktown Says:

    Although come to think of it hasn’t St Paul’s got those those shaped bollards too.

  4. parktown Says:

    Dunno. My best guess is Somerset House – coz of the shape of the bollards (?) [is that the right word]

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