E.J.Wilkins

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Alfred, King of Wessex and all England.

The last of this group of pictures from Winchester is of King Alfred.

He stands offering his sword - not in anger, but presented downwards with the hilt forming a cross, the symbol of Christianity and peace - to the people of Winchester, the Kingdom of Wessex and all England. This statue is at the end of The Broadway and only a hundred yards or so from the Guildhall. - here - which is where we started this little tour.

On the plinth is the inscription :-
TO THE FOUNDER OF THE KING AND NATION
D. OCTOBER DCCCCI
WINCHESTER AND THE ENGLISH NAME
SEPTEMBER MDCCCI

EARL OF ROSEBERRY - ORATOR
HAMO THORNEYCROFT - SCULPTOR
ALFRED BOWKER - MAYOR

More information from - King Alfred in Winchester -

This magnificent bronze Statue, by Hamo Thornycroft, was commissioned by Alderman Bowker and the City Corporation to mark the millennium of Aelfred's death. It was erected in 1901. It is 2.5 times life size, 15 feet (4.57 m) high, and weighs 5 tons. The base, in two parts, is of Cornish Granite, and the whole stands 40 ft high. The right hand grasps a cross-hilted sword, the symbol of Christianity which was to combat the power of heathenism. The left foot strides forward in a rather Pharonic gesture of Kingship and the subjugation of ones enemies. A Saxon helmet crowns the head, and the left hand rests lightly upon a Saxon circular shield. The cloak, thrown back over the right shouder, shelters the King and encourages the viewer to walk around the statue to view it face on. The granite pedestal bears just one word - AELFRED.

A plaque in the grass alongside the statue says :-

"Alfred, King of the West Saxons (AD 871-899) drove the Danish invaders from Wessex. He created fortified centres, of which Winchester, the largest, was his capital.

During his reign the streets in use today were first established.

Alfred was the most esteemed of English Kings. He encouraged the revival of learning and monastic life, and laid the foundation for a Kingdom of England.

This statue by Hamo Thorneycroft, was erected in 1901."

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So, you see, King Alfred did a bit more than burn a few cakes.
.....

I have cheated a bit with this picture because I replaced some of the area of white cloud with a shade of blue, it looks so much nicer and seemed to fit the rest of the picture. This is one of my favourite statues, anywhere. I hope I've done him justice.

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addenda July 2009

I have just found - these pages - which show the statue being erected. Interesting, I think.

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Winchester


Alfred, King of Wessex and all England.

The last of this group of pictures from Winchester is of King Alfred.

He stands offering his sword - not in anger, but presented downwards with the hilt forming a cross, the symbol of Christianity and peace - to the people of Winchester, the Kingdom of Wessex and all England. This statue is at the end of The Broadway and only a hundred yards or so from the Guildhall. - here - which is where we started this little tour.

On the plinth is the inscription :-
TO THE FOUNDER OF THE KING AND NATION
D. OCTOBER DCCCCI
WINCHESTER AND THE ENGLISH NAME
SEPTEMBER MDCCCI

EARL OF ROSEBERRY - ORATOR
HAMO THORNEYCROFT - SCULPTOR
ALFRED BOWKER - MAYOR

More information from - King Alfred in Winchester -

This magnificent bronze Statue, by Hamo Thornycroft, was commissioned by Alderman Bowker and the City Corporation to mark the millennium of Aelfred's death. It was erected in 1901. It is 2.5 times life size, 15 feet (4.57 m) high, and weighs 5 tons. The base, in two parts, is of Cornish Granite, and the whole stands 40 ft high. The right hand grasps a cross-hilted sword, the symbol of Christianity which was to combat the power of heathenism. The left foot strides forward in a rather Pharonic gesture of Kingship and the subjugation of ones enemies. A Saxon helmet crowns the head, and the left hand rests lightly upon a Saxon circular shield. The cloak, thrown back over the right shouder, shelters the King and encourages the viewer to walk around the statue to view it face on. The granite pedestal bears just one word - AELFRED.

A plaque in the grass alongside the statue says :-

"Alfred, King of the West Saxons (AD 871-899) drove the Danish invaders from Wessex. He created fortified centres, of which Winchester, the largest, was his capital.

During his reign the streets in use today were first established.

Alfred was the most esteemed of English Kings. He encouraged the revival of learning and monastic life, and laid the foundation for a Kingdom of England.

This statue by Hamo Thorneycroft, was erected in 1901."

.....

So, you see, King Alfred did a bit more than burn a few cakes.
.....

I have cheated a bit with this picture because I replaced some of the area of white cloud with a shade of blue, it looks so much nicer and seemed to fit the rest of the picture. This is one of my favourite statues, anywhere. I hope I've done him justice.

.....

addenda July 2009

I have just found - these pages - which show the statue being erected. Interesting, I think.

.

comments (31)

A fine photograph & description Ellie. There is a similar Alfred statue in Wantage: Berkshire. Probably other places too
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 6 Jun 2008, 00:09
Terrific capture of him Ellie.
I have enjoyed this tour and when I get back to the UK must put Winchester on my list of places to go.
A fitting end to an informative series.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 6 Jun 2008, 01:27
Excellent tonal range. The graduated background is a very nice touch too.
  • Ginnie
  • back from Hawaii!
  • 6 Jun 2008, 01:46
You not only did him justice, Ellie, you did him proud!
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 6 Jun 2008, 04:03
The simplicity of the colors and background make this shot work.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Jun 2008, 05:59
Its an excellent image, Ellie. Altered background works fine for me.
sobriété de la beauté pure
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 6 Jun 2008, 07:05
King Alfred? but it says Eleanor Wilkins on the base.
Very nice picture and composition.
Beautiful and majectic image Ellie. You've really done him justice!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 6 Jun 2008, 12:10
GREAT background...he would be very pleased with himself if he ever would be able to see this one!!
You did him proud, great composition.
Have a nice weekend.
  • padraig
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jun 2008, 14:14
This is a great shot Ellie, and yes you cetainly have done him justice.
  • Still
  • France
  • 6 Jun 2008, 15:12
A great portrait!
  • Sheila
  • Spain mostly, England a little.
  • 6 Jun 2008, 15:36
Thanks for this series, Ellie. And regardless of what King Alfred did he will still be remembered for the cakes.
Good finale to the series Ellie, I feel sure you have sold a lot of UK people a visit to Winchester in time to come.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Jun 2008, 21:19
Excellent variation from white to light blue in the sky. Great composition as wel.

With a king like this, who needs the skulduggery of democracy?
  • FLOOG
  • A ROWING BOAT IN THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY
  • 7 Jun 2008, 05:50
An excellent photograph Ellie, beautifully set against the sky.

Superb lighting, and composition.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 7 Jun 2008, 08:47
Excellent photo Ellie
Fine chap.
  • monika
  • London
  • 9 Jun 2008, 21:24
Simple but nice picture. I like the sharpness of the details against the sky. Thanks for the info too.
Well done, Ellie. The composition is great and I like the gradation of color in the sky. It's always interesting to read about the symbolism incorporated in statuary.
SWORD = JUSTICE. Foto with a strong character. Greetings from Yogyakarta Indonesia.
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 13 Jun 2008, 10:28
Nice one Ellie! You captured great detail in his face.
  • Daniel
  • Australia
  • 15 Jun 2008, 01:17
Always great detail with your work Ellie. Love it.
  • Alan
  • Southampton.. sunny south coast of England
  • 15 Jun 2008, 22:17
I've enjoyed the series, Ellie. I thought I knew Winchester but seeing it through your eyes/lens makes me think otherwise. Thanks for the intersting notes on this.
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 17 Jun 2008, 03:35
Nice capture, Ellie.
Hi Ellie,

It's been a while since I dropped in. Sorry about that. My photos even slowed down for a while. I hate this whole working thing. I'm a year into my first full time job and it seems to consume me! My photography is hard to keep up and my photography friends are even harder to say hello to!

I hope all is well.

Another wonderful photo. I always enjoy the places you show and thing things you share in your posts. smile

Iain.
Hi Ellie, how have you been? smile
Beatiful composition,Alfred looks stunning against the background!
The background is great: I like the gradual change from blue to white. Framing is also very good.

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