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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Mermaid Corbels, St George's Public Baths and Wash-houses , Neate St.

Summary

Type Relief

     Each of the two corbels, which support the corner pilasters of the entrance to the former public baths and wash-houses, is filled, in a whimsical nod towards the function of this part of the building, with a carving of a mermaid, her body and tail forming a U-shape as she clasps the lower part of her tail close to her head with a raised hand. Her other hand she places over her head and gazes downwards at the passer-by. Exotic marine foliage surrounds her, one large frond passing across the lower part of the relief, covering her below the navel and masking the junction of body and upturned tail.
         

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Gunthorp, Henry Sculptor
Horsman, Sylvester Sculptor
Adams, Maurice Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Carved Corbels Portland Stone (or Hopton Wood Stone) None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CLSK/56 CL
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road Neate St.
Precise location Former Passmore Edwards North Camberwell Public Library and St George's Public Baths and Wash-houses (now **), 1901-02, by Maurice Adams, in association with William Oxtoby (Borough Engineer), on the corner with Neate Street - Neate St. Entrance
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design 1901-2
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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