British Medical Association (now Zimbabwe House), 429 Strand, London: the defaced 'Ages of Man' statues by Jacob Epstein framing the second floor windows

RIBApix ref no RIBA60510
Architect/DesignerAdams, Harry Percy (1865-1930)
Epstein, Sir Jacob (1880-1959)
Holden, Charles Henry (1875-1960)
Artist/PhotographerBreach, Nicholas (1930-2015)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1908
Image Date1968
Library Reference25028 (NB 2974-81)
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit Nicholas Breach / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: Built as the headquarters for the British Medical Association, this building served as the High Commission of Southern Rhodesia from 1923 until the Rhodesian Unilateral Declaration of Independence on November 11, 1965. It remained a representative office until the colony gained independence as Zimbabwe in 1980 and has since been known as Zimbabwe House. The 'Ages of Man' sculptures by Jacob Epstein, the sculptor's first major commission in England, were carved in situ. The mutilation of the statues occurred in the 1930s when possibly dangerous projecting features were hacked-off after pieces fell from one of the statues.

Subject tags

windows, societies' buildings, sculpture, stone, statues, embassies, consular buildings