Saturday, 1 March 2008

Vincent Van Gogh Blue Plaque

This was one of the most surprising blue plaques I've come across so far. It turns out that when Van Gogh was a young man he lived in Stockwell, south London, for over a year from 1873 onwards. The story has it that he actually fell in love with the landladys daughter but those feelings were not returned. A classic emotial artist in every way.

I wish I had seen this piece of his work from the period before i took the shot of the house as I think it would make for a much more interesting picture, being able to compare the old with the new.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Florence Nightingale's Blue Plaque

Blue Plaque of Florence Nightingale

NIGHTINGALE, Florence (1820-1910),
In a house on this site, Florence Nightingale, 1820-1910, lived and died.
10 South Street, W1
Westminster 1955
Note: New plaque on rebuilt premises. Original plaque erected by the Duke of Westminster and removed when the house was pulled down in 1929.

According to the English Heritage website this plaque replaces one that was erected by the Duke of Westminster on a building that was demolished in 1929. I just had to post this as i really love the way the lead piping curves around the side of the plaque.

As you can see from the plaque Florence Nightingale lived to 90 years of age, very impressive for someone who spent so much of their time surrounded by the very ill and dying.

The plaque is one of many on the back roads tucked in behind Park Lane. I' ll try and paste more over the coming days.