Osborne Sphinx

Simple monochrome treatment applied to this delicately modeled sphinx in the gardens of Osborne House. Most of the statuary in the gardens of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's Island residence was picked out of contemporary catalog of mass produced sculpture so not to burden the Queen's privy purse. It was, after all, their own private house and never State owned until after her death.

An ingenious use of standardized elements, the sphinx here being embellished with wings, arrange in a group of four and had a vast urn balanced on their backs for added impact.

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  • Mark A Paulda 6y

    what an imagination the sculpture had. nicely done dave
  • jjsearcher2000 6y

    very well done photo
  • d_rod 6y

    Nice detail. Great b&w tones.
  • Stuart-Lee 6y

    Beautiful detail Dave
  • Joakim Larsen 6y

    Great motive.
  • Last Human Gateway 6y

  • archidave 6y

    Thanks for teh offer Luca

    LOL. Thanks Myk. Yeh dead chuffed with this one. Popped it in my faves set just now. As for her sex, well i know that the prudishness of the Victorians meant taht it was not uncommon for male models to be used and adapted with the appropriate feminine accoutrements (Boobies) to avoid the scandalous use of nude female models.

    HAHAH> that made me snort :D thanks mate. Dead pleased with this one

    Thanks Mark.Glad you like it

    cheers mate

    Thank you David. I am using a new way to process so I am pleased at the way this came out

    Thanks Stu

    cheers :)

    Thanks Kris :)
  • Webrarian 6y

    Beautiful light and shade here. You obviously had a good time and visited all the best places :-)
  • Barbara Rich 6y

    Interesting detail about the adaptation of the sculptures to make them seem less mass-produced - Victorian equivalent of sewing pearl buttons on a Primark suit, I guess, and your monochrome processing is v successful too.
  • Eugenia 6y

    Vu sur / Seen in
    "Décor architectural"
    Façade Maison Lamothe, Toulouse, France.
  • archidave 6y

    Thanks Chris. Yes I really liked the outside of Osborne, but I have serious reservations about the personal taste of Queen Victoria. There was some GHASTLY stuff inside!

    Thanks very much Barbara. Yes I am pleased with the tonality in this one. Being financed directly from Victoria's own pocket there are quite a lot of canny cost-cutting techniques. The whole structure being of cheap brick and rendered to look like stone being one of the biggest budget savings I imagine. Most of the statues in the garden were composition or Coade stone and painted black to mimic bronze.

    Thank you
  • J-o-h-n-n-y 6y

    The black and white tone works....I love it!
  • archidave 6y

    Thanks Johnny
  • Tank 707 6y

    Great capture Dave...love the B&W you've used.
  • archidave 6y

    Thank you Tannk. Yeh this one really came out beautifully well. i am so pleased. Pleased to taht you like it mate. thanks again
  • gay1961passau 6y

  • archidave 6y

    Thank you very much. i am pleased with this one
  • Lance Fickling 5y

    Nicely framed shot. Subtle tones. Cool!
  • archidave 5y

    Thank you very much
  • Brian Aslak [BACK IN JUNE] 4y

    This would make a great tattoo!
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