One of London’s pleasures is finding the unexpected. On our way home from our River Thames DUKW adventure I spotted this statue on the concourse of Waterloo Station.
Since the artist Terence Cuneo was famed for his representations of stations (including Waterloo) and locomotives, Waterloo Station is the perfect place to find a tribute, but there is more to the man than that. Cuneo served as a sapper and a war artist during World War II and was the official artist for HM The Queen’s coronation in 1953. Scottish sculptor Philip Jackson‘s bronze statue was unveiled in 2003.
The thing about London’s great stations is that most times you use them, you just pass through without time to enjoy their heritage (that’s my excuse for not noticing it before) and I only found Cuneo’s statue because I was waiting for Mab and the Powder Monkey who were busy buying Krispy-Kreme donuts. Cuneo’s signature device, which you will find in many of his post 1956 paintings, is a little mouse, so while they completed their purchase I went to find him.
The statue is crammed up against a wall with a fast food concession to the left hand side, but once I had squeezed in the gap, there he was hiding beneath an upturned book at the foot of the artist’s stool. Quite enchanting even if he could do with a tickle of a feather duster!