50 Monuments in 50 Voices

50 Monuments in 50 Voices showcases thought-provoking, individual responses to 50 unique monuments at St Paul’s Cathedral from artists, writers, musicians, theologians, academics and more.

Jason Edwards (and his cat!)
Jason Edwards: Ledger of Frederic Leighton by R. N. Shaw
‘On the Ledger of Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)’: Poet and Art Historian Jason Edwards’ Response to the Ledger of Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton by Richard Norman Shaw, 1896
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Amritesh Singh: Monument to John Donne by Stone
A Reading of ‘A Valediction of my Name, in the Window’: Dr Amritesh Singh’s Response to the Monument to John Donne, by Nicholas Stone, 1631
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Sam Willis: Vice-Admiral Nelson’s Sarcophagus by Rovezzano
‘I Survived the Walrus’: Historian and Broadcaster Sam Willis’ Response to the Sarcophagus of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758–1805) by Benedetto da Rovezzano (1524–1529), Read by Elliot Cowan.
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band: Monument to Arthur Sullivan by W. G. John
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band: Monument to Arthur Sullivan by W. G. John
‘The Lost Chord’ by Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900): Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band’s Response to the Composer’s Monument by Sir William Goscombe John RA, 1902
Dr Shanon Shah (Photo: Gabrielle Boudville)
Shanon Shah: Monument to Palmer, Gill, Charrington, Atik and Hassun by Hart, Son, Peard & Co.
‘Memorial’: Writer, Activist and Scholar Shanon Shah’s Response to the Monument to Professor Edward Henry Palmer, Captain William John Gill, Lieutenant Harold Charrington RN, Khalil Atik and Bakhor Hassun (all d. 1882) by Hart, Son, Peard & Co.
Nicholas Goulden
Nicholas Goulden: Monument to John Moore by Bacon the Younger
‘Sir John Moore & the Angel’: Artist Nicholas Goulden’s Response to the Monument to Lieutenant General Sir John Moore (1761–1809) by John Bacon the Younger, 1815
Nicole Devarenne. Silhouette by Michael Herbert
Nicole Devarenne: Monument to W. E. Henley by Rodin
‘Stamped on These Lifeless Things’: Poet Nicole Devarenne’s Response to the Monument to W. E. Henley (1849–1903) by Auguste Rodin, 1903
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Stephen Switzer: Monument to Duke of Wellington by Alfred Stevens & John Tweed
‘Wellington Monument’: Stephen Switzer of Waterloo Uncovered Responds to the Monument to Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769–1852) by Alfred Stevens & John Tweed, c. 1857–1912
Robyn Golden-Hann: Monument to Samuel Johnson by Bacon the Elder
Robyn Golden-Hann: Monument to Samuel Johnson by Bacon the Elder
Artist and Master Stonemason Robyn Golden-Hann’s Calligraphic Response to the Monument Inscriptions: The Monument to Samuel Johnson (1709–1784) by John Bacon the Elder, 1795
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Sue Wallace: Monument to Christopher Wren
‘Sir Christopher Wren’: Children’s Book Creator and Teacher Sue Wallace’s Response to the Monument to Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723) Attributed to Robert Mylne, 1855
Dr Paula Gooder
Paula Gooder: Monument to Melbourne and Melbourne by Marochetti
Theologian and Author Paula Gooder’s Response to the Monument to William Viscount Melbourne (1779-1848) and Frederick, Viscount Melbourne (1782-1853) by Carlo Marochetti RA, 1853
Victor Ehikhamenor
Victor Ehikhamenor: Monument to Harry Rawson by Army & Navy Co.
Still Standing: Artist Victor Ehikhamenor’s Response to the Monument to Admiral Sir Harry Holdsworth Rawson by the Army and Navy Company of Regent Street
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Christine Checinska: Monument to Colonial Forces by Princess Louise
Sacred Soundscapes: Curator Christine Checinska’s response to the Monument to the Colonial Forces who Fought in the South African War (1899–1902) by Princess Louise, c. 1903–1905. Featuring Patrice Campbell and Kate Shortt.
Tice Cin
Tice Cin: Monument to Capt. E. M. Lyons by Noble
‘Resin Tears’: Poet Tice Cin’s Response to the Monument to Captain Edmund Moubray Lyons (1819–1855) by Matthew Noble, 1855
Dr Barbara J. Becker
Barbara J. Becker: Monument to William and Margaret Huggins by Pegram
Science Historian Dr Barbara J. Becker’s Response to the Monument to Sir William Huggins OM KCB PRS (1824–1910) & Lady Margaret Huggins (1848–1915) by Henry Alfred Pegram RA (c.1916)
Marjorie Coughlan (Photo: Joe Coughlan)
Marjorie Coughlan: Monument to Randolph Caldecott by Gilbert
‘A Very Special Birthday Card’: Dr Marjorie Coughlan’s Response to the Monument to Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886) by Sir Alfred Gilbert, 1900
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Gaudeamus: Monument to John Goss by W. H. Thornycroft & J. Belcher
‘If We Believe that Jesus Died’: Vocal Ensemble Gaudeamus’s Response to the Monument to Sir John Goss (1846–1886) by William Hamo Thornycroft and John Belcher, post-1880
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Fergus McNeill: Monument to John Howard by Bacon the Elder
‘Dear John’: Chair of the Howard League, Prof. Fergus McNeill’s Response to the Monument to John Howard (1726–1790), by John Bacon the Elder, 1795
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Pádraig Ó Tuama: Monument to William Jones, by John Bacon the Elder
‘The Curtain’: Poet Pádraig Ó Tuama’s Response to the Monument to Sir William Jones, by John Bacon the Elder, 1799
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Chaand Nagpaul: Monument to Dr William Babington by W. Behnes
Chair of the BMA Council, Dr Chaand Nagpaul‘s Response to the Monument to Dr William Babington (1756–1833), by William Behnes, 1837
Poet Will Harris
Will Harris: Monument to Vice-Admiral Collingwood by Westmacott
‘Someone (After Harryette Mullen)’: Poet Will Harris’s Response to the Monument to Vice-Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood (1748–1810) by Sir Richard Westmacott RA, 1810
Dr Janina Ramirez
Janina Ramirez: Monument to Turner by MacDowell
‘Thinking about Colour: Turner, Temeraire and Turning Tides’: Cultural Historian, Broadcaster and Author Janina Ramirez’s Response to the Monument to J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) by Patrick MacDowell RA, c. 1851–1855
Jay Hulme
Jay Hulme: Monument to Maria Hackett
‘Maria Hackett, The Chorister’s Friend’: Performance Poet Jay Hulme’s Response to the Memorial to Maria Hackett (1783–1874), 1877
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Debjani Chatterjee: Monument to Thomas Newton by Westmacott
‘To Thomas’: Poet Debjani Chatterjee’s Response to the Monument to Thomas Newton (1719-1807), by Richard Westmacott, 1807 To Thomas THOMAS NEWTON (1719–1807) The lamp of Knowledge shines upon the scene: two children studying. Your wards, maybe? Your namesake, Thomas, poised with quill in hand, and little Sarah sitting by his knee. A young matron stands […]
Man sitting in profile, looking at the viewer, with a stone sculpture bust
Walter Mariga: Monument to Melton Prior by Bertha Burleigh
‘The Mediator’: Sculptor Walter Mariga’s Response to the Monument to Melton Prior (1845–1910) by Bertha Burleigh, 1911–1912
The Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, London
David Ison: Reredos Madonna and Child
The Former Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Very Reverend Dr David Ison’s Response to the Virgin and Child from the Victorian Reredos
Danny Keenan
Danny Keenan: Monument to George Grey by Ford and Farmer & Brindley
Historian and Author Dr Danny Keenan’s Response to the Monument to Sir George Grey (1812-1898), by Edward Onslow Ford and Farmer & Brindley, 1901
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The Lawrence School, Sanawar: Monument to Sir Henry Lawrence by Lough
‘Sanawar: A Legacy’ by The Lawrence School, Sanawar, India, in Response to the Monument to Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence by John Lough, 1862
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Jayda David, Mr Reed and Aicha Thérése of Poetic Unity: Monument to Thomas Picton by Gahagan
Three Poems: Jayda David, Mr Reed and Aicha Thérése of Poetic Unity Respond to the Monument to Thomas Picton (1758–1815) by Sebastien Gahagan, 1816–1821
James Nash (Photo: Robert McBurney)
James Nash: Monument to Henry Hallam by Theed
‘Hallam’: Poet, Writer and Teacher James Nash’s Response to the Monument to Henry Hallam (1777–1859), by William Theed, 1882
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Jessica Kellgren-Fozard: ‘Righteousness and Peace Have Kissed Each Other’ by William Calder-Marshall
Disabled and LGBTQ+ Activist and Influencer Jessica Kellgren-Fozard’s Response to ‘Righteousness and Peace Have Kissed Each Other’ by William Calder-Marshall (1862–63)
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Charlie Lyne: Monument to Bulwer-Lytton by Gilbert, Lutyens and Farmer & Brindley
‘Secrets Whispered Among Angels’: Photographer Charlie Lyne’s Response to the Monument to Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton (1831–1891) by Alfred Gilbert, Edwin Lutyens, and Farmer & Brindley, c.1893–1902
The Reverend Canon James Milne
James Milne: Monument to Maria Mary Fussell by A. B. Jackson
Precentor of St Paul’s Cathedral, The Reverend Canon James Milne’s Response to the Monument to Maria Mary Fussell (1834–1881), by A. Blomfield Jackson, 1903
Dr Renie Chow Choy
Renie Chow Choy: Monument to Harry Parkes by Brock
‘獅子山下, Below the Lion Rock’: Historian Dr Renie Chow Choy’s Response to the Monument to Sir Harry Smith Parkes (1828–1885), by Sir Thomas Brock RA, post 1885
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Anthony Anaxagorou: South Atlantic Task Force Memorial, by David Kindersley
‘Flame’: Poet and Nurse Romalyn Ante’s Response to the Monument to Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) by Arthur George Walker RA, 1916
Jeremiah Brown (photo: Kirill Kozlov)
Jeremiah Brown: Gospel of St Luke Panel by Woodington
‘WAR’: Poet Jeremiah Brown’s Response to the Gospel of St Luke Panel by William F. Woodington, 1862
Dr Emelia Quinn
Emelia Quinn: Monument to Landseer by Woolner
Dr Emelia Quinn’s Response to the Monument to Sir Edwin Landseer RA (1802–1873) by Thomas Woolner RA, 1882
Rogelio Braga: Monument to Captain G. Loch by Marochetti
Rogelio Braga: Monument to Captain G. Loch by Marochetti
‘Why Handsome Single Guys Die in Burma?’: Writer and activist Rogelio Braga’s Response to the Monument to Captain Granville Gower Loch (1813–1853), by Carlo Marochetti, 1853
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Romalyn Ante: Monument to Florence Nightingale by A. G. Walker
‘Flame’: Poet and Nurse Romalyn Ante’s Response to the Monument to Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) by Arthur George Walker RA, 1916
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Patrick John Jones: Monument to Sir John Stainer by Henry Pegram
Marble Anthem: Composer Patrick John Jones’ Response to the Monument to Sir John Stainer (1840–1901) by Henry Pegram, 1903
Geoff Somers MBE
Geoff Somers: Monument to Scott, Wilson, Oates, Bowers and Evans by Babb
‘The South Pole’: Polar Explorer Geoff Somers’ Response to the the Monument to the Antarctic Exploration Party under Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868–1912), by S. Nicholson Babb, 1915
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Selina Mills: Melbourne Monument by Marochetti
‘Touching Angels’: Author and Broadcaster Selina Mills’ Response to the Monument to William Viscount Melbourne (1779-1848) and Frederick, Viscount Melbourne (1782-1853) by Carlo Marochetti RA, 1853
Cerys Matthews (Photo: Rhys Frampton)
Cerys Matthews: Monument to William Jones by Bacon the Elder
‘The Damsels of Cardigan’: Broadcaster, Musician and Author Cerys Matthews’ Response to the Monument to Sir William Jones, by John Bacon the Elder, 1799
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Cassie Westwood: Monument to Admiral Richard Howe by Flaxman
‘To a Monument in St Paul’s Cathedral’: Writer and Teacher Cassie Westwood’s Response to the Monument to Admiral Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe (1726–1799) by John Flaxman RA, 1802–1811
Imtiaz Dharker: Monument to Bishop Middleton by Lough
Imtiaz Dharker: Monument to Bishop Middleton by Lough
‘Redeem’: Poet Imtiaz Dharker’s Response to the Monument to Bishop Thomas Fanshaw Middleton (1769-1822) by John Graham Lough, 1832