London Photo Tours for Visitors
Leicester Square Statues
note: the following statues and 3 other busts have been removed during renovation work at Leicester Square and are being examined to see if they are considerd fit to be returned (with no promises) - this is a complete disgrace. Although the statues are worn they are part of history - why does it all have to be new and shiny to be worth anything ? Idiots run things instead of artists - big stupid, crass mistake. Hogarth especially had close association with Leicester Square - put him back.
The statue of Chaplin is due to be returned sometime but who trusts them to do it ? The following texts are how it was, and hopefully they will be returned soon.
Leicester Square contains both statues (Chaplin and Shakespeare) and busts of artists (Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds), Issac Newton, John Hunter.
Charlie Chaplin - John Doubleday (1981)
The sculpture of Charlie is oft criticised but we like it. Balletic body with serious, sad face grown out of extreme early poverty in London. The sculpture is at ground level among the people - where he belongs.
Bust of Hogarth - J. Denham 1874 (approx)
Hogarth lived on the square. He was the best illustrator of the horrors invoved in human moral malpractices we have seen. Best known for the Rake's Progress illustrations: also pointed out that cruelty to animals (being awful in itself) leads naturally to cruelty to humans as well.