Four stone statues in the façade of the library.
(Florence c. 1265 - Ravenna 1321),
major Italian poet of the Middle Ages, partisan of Henry VII in the struggle between Guelphs and Ghibellines (Wikipedia).
(354 - 430), Bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria), philosopher and theologian; his writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity
Right of entrance
Joseph Butler (1692 - 1752), English bishop and philosopher(Wikipedia).
(384 BC - 322 BC), Greek philosopher (Wikipedia).
The building was designed by John Douglas and was officially opened by Earl Spencer on 14 October 1902 as the National Memorial to W. E. Gladstone.
From Jagger's article (p. 251):
The four statues of Gladstone's greater mentors and masters which were to adorn the outer walls, embellishments to which some had objected, were to be the final touch. Aristotle, Augustine, Dante and Bishop Butler all had made their contribution to the formation of Gladstone, the church-man, the statesman and lifelong student
- Unknown artist. Do you know who the sculptor is? please let us know.
Sources & Information
- Peter John Jagger, Gladstone and his Library. In Peter John Jagger (ed.), Gladstone (London 1998).
- Library Website.
Location (N 53°11'9" - W 3°1'37")
Item Code: gbwa002; Photograph: 23 October 2009
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