Old St. Thomas's hospital

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Olga I. Yakovenko on February 20, 2009

To whom is this monument?

Amelia Royan on February 21, 2009

I have looked this up for you Olga, and once again you have contributed to my education :)

Robert Clayton Statue, 1702, Grinling Gibbons.

Situated in a small garden outside St. Thomas' Hospital.

Over-lifesize marble statue of Sir Robert Clayton, commissioned in 1702 during his lifetime to celebrate his great generosity. Clayton, Lord Mayor of the City of London and President of the Governors of St. Thomas', in 1693, personally paid for new hospital buildings. One of only four documented large scale works by Grinling Gibbons. The pink tint of the stone was caused by wartime fire damage. Both hands are 1955 restorations in alabaster rather than marble.

Moved in 1870 from one of the three courts at the main gateway of the old St Thomas' Hospital in Borough High Street, Southwark.

He seems to have been a most generous man don't you think? And it is interesting to find about the pink stone, and his "new" hands.

Greetings, Amelia

Wolfgang Wodeck on February 21, 2009

Another very special one, Amelia! I love their perception. Wolfgang

Amelia Royan on February 21, 2009

I have posted this one Wolfgang as a thank you to the benefactor of St.Thomas' hospital where my latest grandchild was born. I'm pleased you have opened it :)

Greetings, Amelia

Tony Reid on February 21, 2009

Great back story, Amelia. I actually went to the hospital once, to have a scan on my ankle.

Cheers, Tony in New Zealand

Amelia Royan on February 22, 2009

I hope they treated you well Tony :)

So why did you need the scan?

Cheers, Amelia

dziwnow on February 24, 2009

nice!! greetings from Poland, Peter contest

Amelia Royan on February 24, 2009

What do you mean by nice Peter?? Do you want to vote for it???? :)

trikermike on March 9, 2009

I am an old nurse, any jobs?

Nick Weall on August 17, 2012

A fine piece of work by an absolute master ~ interesting colour combinations too.

When the shot is fully enlarged the figure almost seems to have a spray can of paint in his right hand ~ the earliest graffiti artist perhaps ~

Amelia Royan on August 19, 2012

Plenty of jobs for you here Bonnie Lad - but you might have to start cleaning the graffiti if Nick is right about the can. Personally I think it is a can of lager, and the sooner he drinks it the sooner a smile might appear on Robert's face! :)))

trikermike on August 20, 2012

NAH! it's a weed killer, check out the dead weedy plants aroond his sandals!

Amelia Royan on August 27, 2012

:D

You could be right Bonnie Lad. This really is a neglected area of the hospital and poor old Thomas is ignored despite the fact that he was the benefactor.

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