National Recording Project


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

Climbing Boys, Sculptural Lamp-post, Chelsea Embankment


Type Sculpture , Street Furniture

     A tripartite shaft is set on a pedestal which bears wreaths of leaves on its four faces. This is set on a stone plinth. On top of the shaft there is a lamp. The shaft is circular. The lower section is covered with oak leaves and acorns in relief. The central longest section is circled with two rings of oak leaves and acorns. Two cornucopias descend from the lower section of the shaft at the back and curve around the sides of the pedestal. Fruit and oak leaves spill out of the cornucopias to the top of the stone base. Two boys are twined around the central section of the shaft. The lower one, on the south side, has his right foot on the edge of the cornucopia and his left foot on top of the pedestal. His left arm embrace the shaft, his right hand reaches to touch the other boy. This latter rest his right foot on the lower boys left shoulder. The lower boy is covered by some concealing drapery, the other wears shorts. The lamp has a copper frame around a reversed truncated cone of glass. Copper finial on top. The lamp rest on an open metal frame. A horizontal bar protrudes from the lowest part of the lamp.


On stone plinth (east face): CHELSEA EMBANKMENT / OPENED MAY 1874 / LIEUT. COL. SIR JAMES MACNAGHTEN HOGG K.C.B. M.P. / CHAIRMAN OF THE METROPOLITAN BOARD OF WORKS / SIR JOSEPH WILLIAM BAZALGETTE C.B. / ENGINEER On east and west faces of bronze plinth: Coalbrookdale On west face of plinth inside wreath: 1874

Related works : See CLKC004

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bazalgette, Joseph William Other

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Plinth Stone (granite) c. 180x100x180
Shaft Bronze (light green paint) c. 350 (H)
Lamp Copper, Glass, Iron c. 60 (H)

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
Road Chelsea Embankment
Precise location South side of pavement at east end of garden - east of Albert Bridge
A-Z ref 76 6C
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1874
Unveiling details May 1874
Commissioned by Metropolitan Board of Works
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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