Lord's Cricket Ground - St John's Wood Road, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 31.806 W 000° 10.160
30U E 696336 N 5712575
Quick Description: This sculpture lies at the junction of St John's Wood Road and Wellington Road and the eastern corner of the Lord's Cricket Ground complex.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/5/2012 7:09:04 AM
Waymark Code: WMEJNK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 1

Long Description:

This sculpture, that is carved from Portland stone, stands about two metres high by five metres in length. It was carved by Gilbert Bayes and shows a variety of sports men and women dressed for different games. Along the top, between the heads, are the famous words from the poem "Vitai Lampada", "Play up! play up! and play the game". A reference to a cricket match and how the same fortitude is needed in battle no matter how bad the odds may be against you.

The sculpture is Grade II listed and the entry, at the English Heritage website (visit link), tells us:

"Relief sculpture. 1934 by Gilbert Bayes, RA. Portland stone. A bas-relief procession of thirteen sportsmen and women, depicting tennis players, golfers, cricketers, swimmers, oarsmen and footballers. Inscribed (after Sir Henry Newboult) at the upper level PLAY UP PLAY UP AND PLAY THE GAME. Inscribed along base PRESENTED TO St MARYLEBONE BY ALDERMAN DAVID ISAACS 1934. GILBERT BAYES 1934. The relief was inserted on this corner following a widening of the roadway in 1934; the corner was remodelled and a new setting formed in 1995-96."

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Date Sculpture was opened for vewing?: 1/1/1934

Website for sculpture?: [Web Link]

Where is this sculpture?:
St John's Wood Road/Wellington Road
London, United Kingdom


Sculptors Name: Gilbert Bayes

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