Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Lady of Banbury Cross

I was in Banbury in Oxfordshire last summer. At the crossroads in the centre of town there is an equestrian statue of the "Fine Lady upon a fine horse" as the nursery rhyme says. The statue is life-size. I took a few photos of it along with making a few sketches in my sketchbook.
In the midst of my present pre-occupation with sculpture I was asked to do an equestrian drawing. Unfortunately they have not returned to collect the work so it currently adorns my studio wall, It is on a sheet of paper 50 x 70 cm. Graphite and watercolour with some water soluble pencil.
The statue is not coloured. It is a metallic silver grey colour. Bronze? I'm not sure. It may be having been subsequently patinated or it could be cast in some alloy. Unfortunately I have been unable to track down who made this. There's plenty on Wikipedia about how it was funded and so on, but nothing about the sculptor.
I thought I'd show it here. I am doing some drawing between carvings but most are of sculptural ideas at the moment.
The nursery rhyme if I can remember it from my childhood days of BBC's "Listen with Mother" runs;
Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a fine horse
With rings on her fingers
And bells on her toes
She shall have music
Wherever she goes.

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