Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Rolfe, Sturgis and Beardsley in stone...

I have been going through some postcards and these three just fell out of a pile together, which is a little odd because they all have a connection, one way or another to people this blog concerns itself with.

The frantically busy London street scene is of the Mansion House junction and the road which leads off away from the viewer, with a church on the left hand side, is Cheapside where Frederick Rolfe was born, in fact Rolfe was born just literally a stones throw, maybe 70 yards from that church, which is of course, St Mary le Bow. It's a bit difficult to date this card but certainly this is Cheapside at a time when Rolfe would have known it.

The next card to fall from the box was the sepia toned card of Compton cemetery, which is not too far from here and which I have blogged about because of the famous chapel and the gallery of G F Watts paintings. In fact the long colonnade which you can see in the postcard, is the backdrop from the Watts' graves, but the one you can see in the foreground is the grave of Julian Sturgis (1846-1904). There is a more full-on picture of the grave in one of my Flickr sets. Julian Sturgis was involved with the Royal Literary Fund when Rolfe was trying to get money out of them and is the older brother of Howard Overing Sturgis, author of Belchamber and the school romance Tim.

Finally, the gargoyle on the top of Notre Dame in Paris. The very one, I believe, that Aubrey Beardsley wanted to be modelled on in his famous portrait photograph by Frederick Evans.

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