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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This first group shows 12 of the 17 stone carvings of people's heads. By row:
- Four women
- A mad (wo?)man, a soldier, Comedy and Tragedy, cowled friar
- "Yorkshire Man", "Ole Bill", "Tecumseh", and "Boy with a Toothache."
People & Monsters
- toothless winker, a king, a Scot, and the professor
- sleepyhead, lizard monster (two views), winged snake (with human head?)
- monster, fanged dog, lion, owl
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.
Leaf-like decorations - second table
These sculptures are still mostly leaf-like, but more abstract in form than those in the table above.
Leaf-like decorations - third table
This final group of 10 carvings include some of the more abstract sculptures on the building.
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.
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.
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.
Other Reliefs - second table
Other Reliefs - third table
Other Reliefs - fourth table
Other Reliefs - fifth table
Other Reliefs - sixth table