Judith the model

25 Nov

Alfred George Stevens, Model of “Judith” for the Dome of St Paul’s, c.1862, Bronze,                  42.5 x 22.5 cm, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, UK

In a previous post (May 21, 2012), I discussed Alfred George Stevens and the Wellington Monument in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.   Begun in 1857, the model took 10 years to complete and the monument itself was unfinished at Stevens’ death in 1875.   However somewhere in all that work he was doing, Stevens found time to design a model of Judith for the dome of St. Paul’s.  I cannot find any confirmation that Judith ever made it to the dome of St. Paul’s.  Pity.   She would have had a great view of the Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill; the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer; the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II …

And the bird woman from Mary Poppins.

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