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The Shelly Memorial

University College, Oxford. Percy Bysshe Shelly, the acclaimed Romantic poet came to Univ in 1810, but unfortunately was expelled the following year after refusing to answer questions put to him about his anonymously published pamphlet 'The Necessity of Atheism'. Eighty years later, Shelley's daughter-in-law commissioned a monument to him for his grave in Rome from the sculptor Edward Onslow Ford. When this proved impossible she offered the statue to Univ with money to build an enclosure for it. Univ accepted and the statue was inaugurated in this dome in 1893. It has been restored to the original colour scheme.

comments (13)

  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 20 Sep 2013, 04:20
Beautiful sculpture. I especially like the contrasts of colors.
It's a superb monument isn't it John, I love how they've used different materials to achieve the colours.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Sep 2013, 07:12
Well, then. All's well that ends well. He should be quite pleased with himself, John. And you, too.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Sep 2013, 07:40
There is nothing so wonderful as the Victorian relationship with death is there. This is a gorgeous looking edifice
John Prior: Very true Chris, rather mawkish, but also interesting as time gains distance.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 20 Sep 2013, 08:03
What a story John, and what a statue, very fitting for this poet.
Quite a striking memorial isn't it.
Definitely different!
Very calm and silent monument.
You can't call it subtle.
i like the use of different materials/colours
The British e.g. Victorians, sure had a unique relationship with worldly power vs. mortality.
A very nice image of this memorial - interesting info!
  • jelb
  • France
  • 28 Sep 2013, 13:47
An interesting photoblog..Great compositions..bravo!

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