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The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man

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Cylindrical base with inscription and seven male heads superimposed spirally to give a totem-pole effect, with the youngest head at the bottom and the oldest at top.
Title

The Seven Ages of Man

Date

1980

Medium

cold cast aluminium & brick

Measurements

H 500 x W (?) x D (?) cm;
Plinth: H 110 x W 200 x D 200 cm

Accession number

EC4V_AY_S058

Acquisition method

Post Office Communications

Work type

Sculpture

Owner

City of London Corporation

Custodian

City of London Corporation

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

23rd April 1980

Access

at all times

Inscription description

on plaque adjacent to the wall: THIS SCULPTURE / COMMISSIONED BY POST OFFICE COMMUNICATIONS / AND CREATED BY RICHARD KINDERSLEY AFTER INSPIRATION / FROM SHAKESPEARE'S SEVEN AGES OF MAN / WAS UNVEILED BY LORD MILES OF BLACKFRIARS / ON 23RD APRIL 1980; on the base of the sculpture: AT FIRST THE INFANT- MEWING AND PUKING IN THE NURSES ARMS / AND THEN THE WHINING SCHOOL-BOY WITH HIS SATCHEL AND SHINING MORNING PACE CREEPING LIKE SNAIL UNWILLINGLY TO SCHOOL / AND THEN THE LOVER SIGHING LIKE FURNACE WITH A WOEFUL BALLAD MADE TO HIS MISTRESS' EYEBROW / THEN A SOLDIER FULL OF STRANGE OATHS AND BEARDED LIKE THE PARD JEALOUS IN HONOUR SUDDEN AND QUICK IN QUARREL SEEKING THE BUBBLE REPUTATION EVEN IN THE CANNON'S MOUTH / AND THEN THE JUSTICE IN FAIR ROUND BELL / WITH GOOG CAPON LIN'D WITH EYE SEVERE AND BEARD OF FORMAL CUT FULL OF WISE SAUS (sic) AND MODERN INSTANCE: AND HE PLAYS HIS PART / THE SIXTH AGE SHIFT INTO THE LEAN AND STUPPER'D PANTALOON WITH SPECTACLE ON NOSE AND POUCH ON SIDE HIS YOUTHFUL HOSE WELL SAV'D A WORLD TOO WIDE FOR HIS SHRUNK SHANK AND HIS BIG MANLY VOICE TURNING AGAIN TOWARDS CHILDISH TREBLE PIPES AND WHISTLE IN HIS SOUND / LAST SCENE OF ALL THAT ENDS THIS STRANGE EVENTFUL HISTORY IS SECOND CHILDNESS AND MERE OBLIVION SANS TEETH SANS EYES SANS TASTE SANS EVERYTHING

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