The purpose of this page is to enable you to click on a particular image and find out where it is on the building. The tables of images below contain all 138 sculptures and reliefs on the Physics and Astronomy Building. Each image table is arranged to match the size of the location guide for those images - for the most part 12 images per table. To go to a particular table use the links below, or just scroll down.

Five of these carvings were identified in articles in the London Free Press of 19 July, 1924, written to celebrate the opening of the new campus. Those identified carvings are named in quotation marks. I have made up my own descriptions for some of the others.

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Sculptures Reliefs


People
This first group shows 12 of the 17 stone carvings of people's heads. By row:
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People & Monsters
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Leaf-like decorations - first table
This is the first of three tables of the decorative sculptures on the building, 28 in all. The first five carvings in this table are clearly recognizable as leaves, or leaves with fruit. The remainder are slightly more stylized decorations.
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Leaf-like decorations - second table
These sculptures are still mostly leaf-like, but more abstract in form than those in the table above.
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Leaf-like decorations - third table
This final group of 10 carvings include some of the more abstract sculptures on the building.
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Faces in Relief
There happen to be exactly 12 faces in relief on the building, 5 around the three entrances, and 7 above the south entrance. The first two in the table are clearly meant to be the Moon and the "Sun" (The following annecdote about the sun carving is from the 1924 London Free Press article on the carvings: 'Mr. Cree was surprised one morning by a workman as he was carving the face of a summer sun. "What on earth are you putting the face of the sun there for" he was asked. "Oh, it's a bit dull this morning," was the reply, "and I thought I might coax the sun out to see his picture.') All the faces above the south entrance are amusing, but I particularly like the pair in the centre of this table.
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Reliefs - flowers, leaves, etc.
Of the many reliefs around the entrances, I have selected for this table those that are most readily identifiable as flowers, leaves, and other recognizable objects.
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Other Reliefs - first table
For the most part the 62 reliefs in this and the following five tables are decorative patterns rather than being clearly recognizable objects, although here and there are flower-like carvings, and the second one in this table is obviously a thistle.
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Other Reliefs - second table
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Other Reliefs - third table
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Other Reliefs - fourth table
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Other Reliefs - fifth table
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Other Reliefs - sixth table
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