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24 February 2014

A Taste of London

I'm going to sneak in a quick post here with some snaps I took over the weekend on a flying visit to London. Most are from the Natural History Museum, but quite a few were taken in the Tower of London. A great time was had by all! Enjoy...

Carving of an astronomical globe left by Hew Draper. Hew (or Hugh) was imprisoned in Salt Tower in 1561 as a suspected sorcerer. Like many prisoners before and after him, he left his mark on the walls of his cell. Hew was a Bristol Innkeeper. No record is kept of what happened to him following his incarceration.

Paintings on the ceiling of the Natural History Museum.

These paintings were done at the behest of Richard Owen (see below), the first superintendent of the Natural History Museum. The original drawings were probably created by architect Alfred Waterhouse, but painted by Best and Lea. Alfred was the architect who designed the Natural History Museum.

Close-up of a portrait of renowned paleontologist Richard Owen. Them's crazy eyes! 

The "Fortress Health and Safety Guide" at the Tower of London. 

Gold trial plate

Trial plates like this were often used to ensure that gold supplied to Mints wasn't tampered with. The gold of the coins was regularly compared to the trial gold plate to ensure that they were identical.


Japanese sign 

Bad Moon

My next post - which will be almost immediately after I hit post on this one - will be a little bit more of my comic artwork. I'm going to share with you a whole chapter I've been working on this past couple of weeks! How exciting! 

I loved the architecture of the Natural History Museum. The stonework is fantastic. These pillars lined the entrance. 

Isn't this great! It's a close-up of a plate. When I first saw this I thought it was some sort of pyramid design. If you tilt your head to the left about 45 degrees, you'll see that this is in fact a crest. Brilliant! 

"Scavenger's Daughter (or Skevington's Daughter) was invented as an instrument of torture in the reign of Henry VIII by Sir Leonard Skeffington, Lieutenant of the Tower of London... The Scavenger's Daughter was conceived as the perfect complement to the Duke of Exeter's Daughter (the rack) because it worked the opposite principle to the rack by compressing the body rather than stretching it." ~ Wikipedia

'Star stones'
Charmouth, Dorset, England

 Sua tela tonanti - To the Warrior his Arms

The Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) was formed in 1918 as a British Army supply and repair corps. The earliest depot for military stores was at the Tower of London.

The centre top of the crest shows Jupiter's hand clutching a thunderbolt. At either side stands a cyclops. In Roman mythology, the thunderbolt was given to Jupiter as a weapon by the Cyclops.

More of that wonderful stonework. I think I might have spent as much time admiring the building as I did the exhibits! Ha ha. 

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