Osborne Sphinx

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    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.

    Lú_, MG/BS4, mym, jjsearcher2000, and 24 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. mpaulda™ 55 months ago | reply

      what an imagination the sculpture had. nicely done dave

    2. jjsearcher2000 55 months ago | reply

      very well done photo

    3. d_rod 55 months ago | reply

      Nice detail. Great b&w tones.

    4. Stuart-Lee 55 months ago | reply

      Beautiful detail Dave

    5. archidave 55 months ago | reply

      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 :)

    6. Webrarian 55 months ago | reply

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

    7. Barbara Rich 55 months ago | reply

      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.

    8. atsubor 55 months ago | reply

      Vu sur / Seen in
      "Décor architectural"
      Façade Maison Lamothe, Toulouse, France.

    9. archidave 55 months ago | reply

      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

    10. J-o-h-n-n-y 55 months ago | reply

      The black and white tone works....I love it!

    11. archidave 55 months ago | reply

      Thanks Johnny

    12. Tank707 55 months ago | reply

      Great capture Dave...love the B&W you've used.

    13. archidave 55 months ago | reply

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

    14. archidave 55 months ago | reply

      Thank you very much. i am pleased with this one

    15. Lance <O> 53 months ago | reply

      Nicely framed shot. Subtle tones. Cool!

    16. archidave 53 months ago | reply

      Thank you very much

    17. Brian Aslak 35 months ago | reply

      This would make a great tattoo!

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