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September 2019



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Taking liberties with this one as I'm a bit short of human subjects this week. I'm pretty sure this well-upholstered lady is a mother, Amphitrite to be precise. Since she's at the top of a purpose-built civil service office block, you may be wondering why she's there. I can tell you only that it's an office block designed specially for the Royal Navy, and doubtless they wanted a bit of female company while they worked.

If you'd like to see what this 'office block' (Somerset House, built in the 18th century) looks like, and put Amphitrite in context, I've put a couple of wider shots under the cut. Which also explains why this isn't a full-frontal shot - the water feature was in the way so I had to take the picture at an angle.


The plaza looks positively Mediterranean with that shocking blue sky.
It's only the long shadows that give away how late in the day too - we've had an incredible run of sunny weather these past weeks.
What lovely pictures of Somerset House - and she looks pretty maternal to me!
I love that my evening classes are here, it gives me a little tingle of entitlement about the place, though of course it's open to the public all the time now. But it's lovely to keep on coming back and looking again.
What a great shot. I think it's much more dramatic taken on the angle that way.
Thanks! It's not quite where I wanted to stand, but it was definitely not worth getting in among the fountains!
That is a splendid building. They really had fun with the neo-classic flourishes back in the day.
It's a fascinating building when you start to look at it. Luckily, I go there fairly often and have the chance to do just that.