John Colet Memorial
Life size male figure in mediaeval dress and cap, head turned to the right, seated on a large chair, his arms resting on a book in his lap. 2 boys kneel at either side also holding books, the right hand figure appearing to be reading out loud and the other two figures listening. A pile of 6 books lies under the chair. Whole group mounted on a stone plinth with inscription beneath a large hexagonal iron pergola. Pergola consists of 6 columns which support a circular horizontal framework/border decorated with an inscription in Saxon letters. Above the border rise 3 intersecting arches surmounted by a gothic 4 sided niche containing a miniature figure of the Christ child standing on the lap of a seated Virgin. 6 other niches containing figures of angels playing trumpets or singing from manuscripts are placed at the top of each pillar/column above a capital of curling leaf design. A decorated iron cross surmounted by a figure of Christ rises above the circular border on one side and above a lily on a stalk. The bronze canopy which Thornycroft designed himself is unique in his work.
Monument is mounted on a set of 4 heptagonal stone steps.
Commissioned and presented to the school by Edward Howley Palmer, Director of the Bank of England and Master of the Mercers Company. Unveiled on the 10th December 1902. School and statue moved to present location from Hammersmith in 1968.
John Colet (1467-1519), the son of a Lord Mayor and Dean of St Paul's, best known for his part in the founding of St Paul's School in Hammersmith.
Unable to decipher Saxon lettering around circular framework of iron pergola - check with archivist.
On back of bronze base:
FOUNDED BY J.W. SINGER & SONS LTD.
FROME & LONDON
On front of bronze base:
HAMO THORNYCROFT R.A. Sc. 1900
On back of stone pedestal:
VIRO ADMODUM REVERENDO/IOANNI COLET S.T.P./ ECCLESIAE CATHEDRALIS INTER LONDINIENSES DECANO/ SCHOLAE CELEBERRIMAE OLIM IUXTA D PAULI AEDEM EXSTRUCTAE/ FUNDATORI/ QUI QUANTO OPERE INNOCENTIAM DILEXERIT PUERILEM/SCRIPTA INSTITUTA VITA DENIQUE IPSA TESTIFICANTUR/ ERASMI MORI AMICO/ POSUIT/ EDUARDUS HOWLEY PALMER/ UNUS E XXIV VIRIS REI ARGENTARIAE APUD ANGLOS PRAEFECTIS/ IDEM IN SCHOLA COLETINA ADMINISTRANDA/ DIU SEDULO VERSATUS/ANNO DNI MCMO
Front of stone pedestal:
JOHN COLET/ 1466 - 1519
Related works : The Sower, 1886, Kew Gardens (RH41)
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