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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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Taken on September 28, 2009