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List of public art in Mayfair

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This is a list of public art in Mayfair, a district in the City of Westminster, London.

Mayfair is a residential and commercial area dominated by terraces of town houses.[1] In Grosvenor Square there are several memorials with an American theme, including a memorial garden commemorating the September 11 attacks, due to the former presence on that square of the US Embassy.[2] At the southern end of the district, the courtyard of Burlington House (home of the Royal Academy) on Piccadilly is frequently used as a temporary exhibition space for artworks.[3]

Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Architect / other Type Designation Notes
Sotheby's london new-bond-street.jpg Bust of Sekhmet Sotheby's, 34–35 New Bond Street 1320 BC c. 1320 BC Bust [4]
Statue of Pitt the Younger, Hanover Square W1.JPG
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Statue of William Pitt the Younger Hanover Square

51°30′49″N 0°08′37″W / 51.5136°N 0.1437°W / 51.5136; -0.1437
1831 Francis Leggatt Chantrey N/A Statue Grade II Unveiled 22 August 1831; there was an attempt by reformist opponents of Pitt to pull the statue down on the morning of the unveiling. Concerns for the work's security might have been the reason for the unusually tall plinth.[5]
Nymph statue, Berkeley Square.JPG
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Fountain Nymph Berkeley Square

51°30′33″N 0°08′43″W / 51.509116°N 0.145293°W / 51.509116; -0.145293
1867 Alexander Munro N/A Fountain with sculpture Grade II The pedestal inscribed THE GIFT/ OF/ HENRY 3RD MARQUIS OF LANSDOWNE. This Fountain Nymph was Munro's second treatment of the theme after that for the memorial to Herbert Ingram in Boston, Lincolnshire (1862–63). He also produced a smaller marble version of the Berkeley Square Nymph, which was installed in a public garden in Oxford in around 1970.[6]
Appealing sculpture in Mount Street Gardens - geograph.org.uk - 1089990.jpg Drinking fountain Mount Street Gardens

51°30′35″N 0°08′57″W / 51.509719°N 0.149303°W / 51.509719; -0.149303
1892 N/A Ernest George Fountain with sculpture Grade II Inscribed THIS FOUNTAIN WAS ERECTED BY HENRY LOFTS IN/ RECOGNITION OF MANY HAPPY YEARS IN MOUNT STREET/ SIR ERNEST GEORGE. RA FECIT 1892. Lofts was an estate agent, and George an architect, to the Grosvenor estate. Lofts's office was in Mount Street, which was partly rebuilt by his firm with George as architect.[7]
Painting Colnaghi, 144–146 New Bond Street 1911 Henry Poole Lanchester and Rickards Architectural sculpture [8]
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Statue of Joshua Reynolds Burlington House

51°30′32″N 0°08′22″W / 51.5089°N 0.1394°W / 51.5089; -0.1394
1931 Alfred Drury Giles Gilbert Scott Statue Grade II Unveiled 12 December 1931.[9] Drury was awarded the commission in 1917, but was too preoccupied with war memorials in the following years to proceed with the work. In 1926 he had to start over with a new composition after his studio assistant failed to keep the first clay figure moist every night, which had led to its disintegration.[10]
FDR statue, Grosvenor Square.jpg
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Statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt Grosvenor Square

51°30′42″N 0°09′06″W / 51.5118°N 0.1516°W / 51.5118; -0.1516
1948 William Reid Dick B. W. L. Gallannaugh; Mary Jenks (lettering) Statue Grade II Unveiled 12 April 1948 by Eleanor Roosevelt. The standing pose is intended to recall one of the moments when Roosevelt took the oath of office; he usually used a wheelchair due to his paralytic illness. Winston Churchill, who first proposed the statue, had hoped for a seated portrayal of the President as a pendant to the statue of Abraham Lincoln on Parliament Square.[11]
Henry Moore screen - Time & Life Building (geograph 5485438).jpg Time–Life Screen New Bond Street 1952–53 Henry Moore Michael Rosenauer Architectural sculpture Grade II* [12]
American Eagle by Theodore Roszak, US Embassy, London.jpg Eagle 24 Grosvenor Square (the former US Embassy) 1960 Theodore Roszak Eero Saarinen Architectural sculpture Grade II [13]
Mayfair, Carlos Place, “Nymph” by Emilio Greco (1973).jpg Crouching Figure No. 4 Carlos Place

51°30′36″N 0°08′57″W / 51.510116°N 0.149074°W / 51.510116; -0.149074
1973 Emilio Greco Luca Clavarino (1987 setting) Sculpture N/A Unveiled 20 November 1987.[14]
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Horse and Rider Corner of New Bond Street and Burlington Gardens 1974–75 Elisabeth Frink N/A Equestrian statue Grade II Frink's catalogue raisonné notes that these figures personify "the most desirable masculine qualities", namely "speed, resilience, intelligence, loyalty, affection, courage, sensitivity, beauty and free sensuality". Another cast was erected in Winchester High Street in 1983. Previously situated on Dover Street near the junction with Piccadilly,[15] the work was moved to its current location in 2018 to mark the opening of the Royal Academy's new entrance at 6 Burlington Gardens.[16]
Statue of Dwight Eisenhower, Grosvenor Square W1.JPG
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Statue of Dwight D. Eisenhower Grosvenor Square

51°30′42″N 0°09′10″W / 51.511605°N 0.152759°W / 51.511605; -0.152759
1969 Robert Dean Mayell Hart and Associates Statue N/A Unveiled 23 January 1989. A gift from the people of Kansas City, Missouri. Other casts of this statue are at West Point Military Academy and Eisenhower's burial place in Abilene, Kansas.[17]
BondStTilework fx wb.jpg Hat box motifs Bond Street tube station Jubilee line platforms 1979 Tom Eckersley N/A Tile motifs N/A [18]
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RAF Eagle Squadrons Memorial Grosvenor Square

51°30′40″N 0°09′04″W / 51.511031°N 0.151140°W / 51.511031; -0.151140
1986 Elisabeth Frink T. A. Kempster Memorial with sculpture Grade II Unveiled 12 May 1986.[19]
Ducking Pond Row Fountain, Hanover Square, London.JPG Ducking Pond Row Fountain Hanover Square

51°30′50″N 0°08′38″W / 51.513761°N 0.143785°W / 51.513761; -0.143785
1988 Paul Cooper N/A Fountain with sculpture N/A Originally erected in Bond Street.[20]
Taichi Spin Kick, Old Park Lane W1.JPG Taichi Spin Kick St Andrew's Building, 17 Old Park Lane

51°30′17″N 0°09′00″W / 51.50484°N 0.149943°W / 51.50484; -0.149943
1991 Ju Ming N/A Sculpture N/A [21]

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Allies

Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt

New Bond Street

51°30′38″N 0°08′33″W / 51.510452°N 0.142507°W / 51.510452; -0.142507
1995 Lawrence Holofcener N/A Sculptural group N/A Unveiled 2 May 1995, shortly before the 50th anniversary of VE Day, by Princess Margaret. The sculptor's wife gifted the group to the nation, but the Royal Fine Art Commission ruled out a location in a central London park. The Bond Street Association then expressed an interest in the work.[22]
Helix, One Curzon Street.JPG Helix 1–4 Curzon Street 1998 Eilìs O'Connell Architectural sculpture N/A [23]
London tile mural, Lancashire Court W1.JPG London Lancashire Court, on the approach to the Handel House Museum

51°30′47″N 0°08′45″W / 51.512977°N 0.145837°W / 51.512977; -0.145837
2001 Michael Czerwiǹski (with Ray Howell) N/A Tile mural N/A Scenes of the city in ancient and modern times, hand-painted and in relief.[24]
Inscriptions 21 Davies Street 2003–2005 c. 2003–2005 Ian Hamilton Finlay Kohn Pederson Fox Inscriptions N/A Quotations from the French revolutionary Louis Antoine de Saint-Just are inscribed on the terracotta façade: Too many laws, too few examples and Les Mots Juste et Injuste Sont Entendus Par Toutes Les Consciences[25][26]
Verge 23 Savile Row 2003–2008 Joel Shapiro Eric Parry Architectural sculpture [27]
Salmon Leap sculpture, Berkeley Square, London.JPG Salmon Leap Outside 40 Berkeley Square

51°30′35″N 0°08′49″W / 51.509807°N 0.146958°W / 51.509807; -0.146958
2004 Michael Cooper N/A Sculpture N/A Refers to the Tyburn which once ran nearby.[28]
Curzon Square, London W1.JPG Granite Sculptures Curzon Square

51°30′22″N 0°09′03″W / 51.506042°N 0.150771°W / 51.506042; -0.150771
2004 John Aiken Rolfe Judd Sculptures N/A The bench-like sculptures are formed from black granite from Zimbabwe and silver-grey granite from Portugal spliced together.[29]
Untitled, Princes Street W1.JPG Untitled Princes Street

51°30′52″N 0°08′34″W / 51.514495°N 0.142779°W / 51.514495; -0.142779
2004 Alexander Beleschenko N/A Glass panels on building N/A [30]
One Hanover Street (27045517296).jpg Entrance Sculpture 1 Hanover Street 2005 Bruce McLean Sheppard Robson Architectural sculpture [31]
Aspiration, Leconfield House, Curzon Street W1.JPG Aspiration In front of Leconfield House, Curzon Street

51°30′23″N 0°08′59″W / 51.506486°N 0.149831°W / 51.506486; -0.149831
2006 John Brown N/A Sculpture N/A [32]
New Burlington Flare New Burlington Place

51°30′45″N 0°08′26″W / 51.512386°N 0.140635°W / 51.512386; -0.140635
2006 Michael Bleyenberg N/A Light installation N/A [33]
The Prophecy of Teiresias Richard Green Gallery, 33 New Bond Street 2011 Alexander Stoddart George Saumarez Smith of ADAM Architecture Bas-reliefs N/A The three reliefs, representing scenes from the Odyssey, are an allegory of "the extreme lengths modern art has taken to distance itself from its origin in Greece".[34]
Water feature Silence, Mayfair, London.JPG Silence

Simon Milton

Mount Street / Carlos Place

51°30′37″N 0°08′57″W / 51.510149°N 0.149240°W / 51.510149; -0.149240
2011 N/A Tadao Ando et al. Water feature N/A A raised granite-edged pool into which two trees are set, and which emits clouds of water vapour for fifteen seconds every fifteen minutes.[35] Jointly commissioned by the Grosvenor Estate and the Connaught Hotel; Blair Associates Architects and the Building Design Partnership were also involved the project.[36]
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Shop 'Til You Drop Bruton Lane

51°30′38″N 0°08′37″W / 51.510477°N 0.143742°W / 51.510477; -0.143742
2011 Banksy N/A Graffiti N/A [37]
Statue of Ronald Reagan, Grosvenor Square W1.JPG
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Statue of Ronald Reagan Grosvenor Square

51°30′39″N 0°09′09″W / 51.510856°N 0.152416°W / 51.510856; -0.152416
2011 Chas Fagan N/A Statue N/A Unveiled 4 July 2011. Westminster City Council's rule that a person may only be commemorated by a statue 10 years after their death was waived so that Margaret Thatcher could perform the unveiling,[38] but she proved too unwell to attend the ceremony. A fragment of the Berlin Wall is incorporated into the pedestal.[39]
1 Wilder Walk, Soho, London.jpg Timelines Wilder Walk

51°30′38″N 0°08′08″W / 51.510535°N 0.135683°W / 51.510535; -0.135683
2011 Daniela Schönbächler Dixon Jones Architects Light installation N/A [40]
Rebecca Salter - Terza Rima - 2014-10-16 - Andy Mabbett - 05.JPG
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Terza Rima 9–15 Sackville Street

51°30′34″N 0°08′18″W / 51.509563°N 0.138212°W / 51.509563; -0.138212
2011–12 Rebecca Salter JM Architects Designs screenprinted onto windows and a bronze panel N/A [41]
Three Figures, Bourdon Place W1.JPG Three Figures Bourdon Place 2012 Neal French N/A Statues N/A Unveiled by Twiggy, one of the work's subjects, on 31 May 2012.[42] A plaque nearby provides the following exegesis: A passing shopper stumbles upon/ Terence Donovan photographing the model Twiggy/ near to his studio in 1960s Mayfair.[43]
Portcullis Gates, Davies Street W1.JPG Portcullis Gates 33 Davies Street

51°30′43″N 0°08′53″W / 51.511904°N 0.148053°W / 51.511904; -0.148053
2013 Wendy Ramshaw HOK Gates N/A 3.6 metres (12 ft)-high bronze gates with abstract patterns of "flowing lines and intersecting arcs ... reflecting the life and style of Mayfair", which can be lowered at night in the manner of a portcullis.[44][45][46]
An Age, An Instant.jpg An Age, An Instant New Burlington Mews 2014 Rona Smith N/A Gate N/A Unveiled 29 April 2014. The artist took her inspiration from turn-of-the-century pocket watches, as this locale was a centre for the watchmaking trade in the early 20th century when the building's façade was rebuilt.[47]
Gormley Mayfair room, London-14812911757.jpg ROOM Beaumont Hotel, Brown Hart Gardens 2014 Antony Gormley Sculpture N/A [48]
Science 70–71 New Bond Street Thomas Rudge Architectural sculpture [8]
Roslyn's Commerce in New Bond Street..JPG Commerce 70–71 New Bond Street Louis Frederick Roslyn Architectural sculpture [8]
Art by Louis Frederick Roslyn.JPG Art 70–71 New Bond Street Louis Frederick Roslyn Architectural sculpture [8]
Elephant bronze outside Crown Aspinalls, Curzon Street W1.JPG Elephant Aspinall's, Curzon Street

51°30′23″N 0°08′58″W / 51.506364°N 0.149459°W / 51.506364; -0.149459
? ? N/A Statue N/A The gambling club's founder, John Aspinall, was a noted wildlife enthusiast whose two animal parks in Kent, Howletts and Port Lympne, are funded by the club's proceeds.[49]

Burlington House

Detail of the façade of Burlington House
Image Title / subject Location and
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Date Artist / designer Architect / other Type Designation Notes
Michelangelo Burlington House 1870s William Calder Marshall
Titian Burlington House 1870s William Calder Marshall
Phidias Burlington House 1870s Joseph Durham
William of Wykeham Burlington House 1870s Joseph Durham
John Flaxman Burlington House 1870s Henry Weekes
Raphael Burlington House 1870s Henry Weekes
Leonardo da Vinci Burlington House 1870s Edward Bowring Stephens
Joshua Reynolds Burlington House 1870s Edward Bowring Stephens
Christopher Wren Burlington House 1870s Edward Bowring Stephens

6 Burlington Gardens

6 Burlington Gardens

6 Burlington Gardens, a Grade II*-listed building now used by the Royal Academy, was designed by James Pennethorne in 1866–67 for the University of London. In 1868 the university's Senate proposed the subjects of the 22 statues for the façade: Isaac Newton to represent Science, Jeremy Bentham for Law, John Milton for the Arts and William Harvey for Medicine; Galen, Cicero, Aristotle, Plato, Archimedes and Tribonian (the last of whom was replaced in the final scheme by Justinian) as representatives of "ancient culture", and the "illustrious foreigners" Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Georges Cuvier, Carl Linnaeus, Galileo Galilei, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Pierre-Simon Laplace. Finally, Adam Smith, John Locke, Francis Bacon, John Hunter, William Shakespeare (replaced by David Hume) and John Dalton (replaced by Humphry Davy) were included as "English worthies" (although Smith, Hunter and Hume were Scottish). Shakespeare was substituted as his achievement was felt to be "independent of academic influence"; he was instead commemorated with a statue apart, inside the building.[50]

Image Title / subject Location and
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Date Artist / designer Architect / other Type Designation Notes
6 Burlington Gardens facade Leibniz.jpg Statue of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz First storey 1870s Patrick MacDowell James Pennethorne Statue in niche [50]
6 Burlington Gardens facade Cuvier.jpg Statue of Georges Cuvier First storey 1870s Patrick MacDowell James Pennethorne Statue in niche [50]
6 Burlington Gardens facade Linnaeus.jpg Statue of Carl Linnaeus First storey 1870s Patrick MacDowell James Pennethorne Statue in niche [50]
6 Burlington Gardens facade Smith.jpg Statue of Adam Smith First storey 1870s William Theed James Pennethorne Statue in niche [50]
6 Burlington Gardens facade Locke.jpg Statue of John Locke First storey 1870s William Theed James Pennethorne Statue in niche [50]
6 Burlington Gardens facade Bacon.jpg Statue of Francis Bacon First storey 1870s William Theed James Pennethorne Statue in niche [50]
Sir Isaac Newton (20860497952) (2).jpg Statue of Isaac Newton Above the portico 1870s Joseph Durham James Pennethorne Seated statue [50]
Statue of Jeremy Bentham Above the portico 1870s Joseph Durham James Pennethorne Seated statue [50]
Statue of John Milton Above the portico 1870s Joseph Durham James Pennethorne Seated statue [50]
Statue of William Harvey Above the portico 1870s Joseph Durham James Pennethorne Seated statue [50]
Statue of Galileo Galilei Eastern balustrade 1870s Edward William Wyon James Pennethorne Statue [50]
Statue of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Eastern balustrade 1870s Edward William Wyon James Pennethorne Statue [50]
Statue of Pierre-Simon Laplace Eastern balustrade 1870s Edward William Wyon James Pennethorne Statue [50]
Statue of Galen Central balustrade 1870s James Sherwood Westmacott James Pennethorne Statue [50]
Statue of Cicero Central balustrade 1870s James Sherwood Westmacott James Pennethorne Statue [50]
Statue of Aristotle Central balustrade 1870s James Sherwood Westmacott James Pennethorne Statue [50]
Statue of Plato Central balustrade 1870s William F. Woodington James Pennethorne Statue [50]
Statue of Archimedes Central balustrade 1870s William F. Woodington James Pennethorne Statue [50]
Sattue of Justinian I Central balustrade 1870s William F. Woodington James Pennethorne Statue [50]
Satteu of John Hunter Western balustrade 1870s Matthew Noble James Pennethorne Statue [50]
Statue of David Hume Western balustrade 1870s Matthew Noble James Pennethorne Statue [50]
Statue of Humphry Davy Western balustrade 1870s Matthew Noble James Pennethorne Statue [50]

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