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John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)
John Betjeman (1906–1984)

© Martin Jennings. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2024. Photo credit: Colleen Rowe Harvey / Art UK

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The work shows Betjeman dressed in a suit with a waistcoat, an open coat, and a trilby hat. He is holding on to his hat as he gazes up at the roof of the station. He is carrying a bag with his books in his right hand and his coat is billowing up behind him. Under his feet is a disc of Cumbrian slate with lines from his poem 'Cornish Cliffs'.
Title

John Betjeman (1906–1984)

Date

2007

Medium

bronze & Cumbrian slate

Measurements

H 210 x W (?) x D (?) cm

Accession number

NW1_CRH_S126

Acquisition method

commissioned by HS1 Ltd

Work type

Statue

Owner

HS1 Ltd

Custodian

HS1 Ltd

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

12th November 2007

Access

at all times

Inscription description

on the plinth in a circle around the statue: JOHN BETJEMAN -1906 – 1984 - POET . Who saved this glorious station.; on the outer circle of the plinth: And in the shadowless unclouded glare Deep blue above us fades to whiteness where A misty sea line meets the wash of air.; on the outer circle of the plinth between 'air' and 'And' in a circle: SCULPTOR. MARTIN JENNINGS.; in the middle of that circle: 2007

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Located at

St Pancras International, Kings Cross

N1C 4QL

Located on the Grand Terrace, on the upper level, above the shopping arcade concourse.