Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Raising a Toast

But reading the following in the Art Journal, it's hard not to feel a twinge of regret this other proposal for the Nelson memorial wasn't executed.

No. 1, a model, by Pistrucci, of the Mint, presents a colossal trident, eighty-nine feet high, rising from a segment of the globe, forty-five feet in diameter, on which three very graceful reclining figures of victories are engaged in sculpturing memorials of the hero. Praise is due to M. Pistrucci for an original conception, cleverly carried out, but the form of a trident is so common that no one could hope to impart to it either grace or dignity. Seen from any distance the memorial would be nothing more nor less than, a large toasting fork.

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