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Friday, November 12, 2021
That huge sword would have been big even in Medieval times, never mind that a knight would
never be depicted nude. The haircut borders on Prince Valiant, and this work perplexes me.
Do you have any idea where this statue is?ReplyDelete
Sorry, but no.Delete
The Machinegun Corps Memorial by Francis Derwent Wood, R.A. (1871-1926). Bronze. 1925. Hyde Park Corner, London.ReplyDelete
The inscription on the front of the monument has the Biblical quote "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands." I suppose the statue represents the young shepherd boy David who killed the giant Goliath and chopped off his head with Goliath's own sword.
I am not sure why that would be a suitable memorial to the men of the Machinegun Corps who died in WWI, but there it is.
Thanks, Tom. I share your uncertainty as to how suitable it is. I've been to Hyde Park Corner multiple times, but apparently don't remember it. The 1925 World War I Memorial at my alma mater, the University of Texas, has naked soldiers and sailors with huge swords, too, so maybe it's a 1920s motif of some sort.Delete
I'll take a look at this "In the flesh".Delete