Sir George Frampton, R.A., P.R.B.S. (1860-1928)
White marble, against a 7.6-metre-tall grey granite cross.
St Martin's Place, London WC2
Nurse Edith Cavell (1865-1915), shot at dawn in Brussels for helping allied soldiers escape to Holland in the early stages of World War I, is shown in the nurse's uniform she wore to face the firing squad. As a contemporary New York Times report about plans for the statue had foreseen, "The serene figure of the heroic nurse" now stands "in the midst of a constant swirl of traffic" — a silent witness to courage in the face of death ("To Charge Nothing"). The woman and child depicted at the top of the cross were meant to symbolise Humanity, more specifically the allies' role in protecting Belgium and other small nations (see Bullus and Asprey 186). [continued below].
Photograph, caption and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2009.
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