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Monday 7 January 2019

Beastly Cambridge part II

Bronze horse, by Barry Flanagan, in the grounds of Jesus College.

The cockerel rebus (c.1500) of Bishop Alcock of Ely, founder of Jesus College.
Numerous cockerels in the ceiling of the nave of Jesus chapel, painted by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co, 1864-9.

Daniel in the lions' den, by Edward Burne-Jones, 1873-7, Jesus chapel.
Dove by John Hardman, 1861. It brings to mind Eliot's lines from 'Little Gidding': 'The dove descending breaks the air/ With flame of incandescent terror'. 

Boot scrapers in the form of a hare and a pig, at the entrance to Westcott House (founded 1899), Jesus Lane. The animals are probably early 20th century; the pig is quite possibly my favourite object in Cambridge.
Lions lazily guarding the entrance to the Fitzwilliam Museum. They perhaps date from the 1870s, when the first phase of the museum building was completed.

Great St Mary's church has some good animal carvings on the 1863 pews, including this crowned lion . . .
. . . a lion rampant . . .
. . . a lion couchant . . .
. . . a stag . . .
. . . a greyhound-like dog . . .
. . . and another one . . . 
. . . an eagle . . .

and a horse.
There are several animal corbels in the church, all of them hard to see and hard to take even inadequate photos of. There's one of a fox I'd like to see, but it's inaccessible to the public. This one seems to be of an owl-like bird with a human-lion head.
A monkey, with a damaged nose. Is he holding a dish or banging a small drum?
Is this a goat? A cow? And what's the band with a snail/volute that seems to embrace it?

An embarrassingly poor quality photo of a dove/eagle/parrot.
Another similar.

An eagle (late Victorian?); its stance makes it appear to be looking for trouble. It's at the entrance to a pub in Lensfield Road once called the Spread Eagle, now known as the Snug.
The British Antarctic Survey Sledge Dog Monument outside the Scott Polar Institute, Lensfield Road. Erected in 2009 to commemorate the 1204 dogs used by the members of the Survey from 1945-93.

Should you want more on beastly Cambridge, visit Jo Edkins' website here.

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