The Spirit of the Thames by Ernest Cole, sculptor; stone carvers, Joseph and Peter Induni. 1915-21. Portland stone. Location: former London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1, designed by Ralph Knott. [Click on this image and the one that follows to enlarge them.]

The dramatic discolorations on the stone that divide the statue into black and white zones make reading the figures difficult and distract from the work's effectiveness.

Photographs and caption by Robert Freidus. Formatting and perspective correction by George P. Landow. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


Cavanagh, Terry. Public Sculpture of the South London. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2007.

Last modified 16 August 2011