Dolphin Lamppost

Dolphin Lamppost

Designed, G. Vulliamy

Modelled, C. H. Mabey


Cast iron

Victoria Embankment, London

The base of the shaft shows "caduseus, river-god [surely, Old Father Thames], trident, arms of London, and inscribed cartouches" ("Dolphin Lampstandards..."). According to Stephen Halliday, "the Victoria Embankment was the first part of London to be illuminated by electric light" (142). The generator would have been very close to where Bazalgette's memorial plaque is now. The company involved failed in 1884, after which gas lights were used again for a while.


Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee

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