Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Francisco de Miranda

Copy of a statue of Francisco de Miranda by Rafael de la Cova, Fitzroy Street, Camden, London
Statue of Francisco de Miranda by Rafael de la Cova
(A 1990 copy of the 1895 original)
Fitzroy Street, Camden
London, January 2007

“The Venezualan patriot Francisco de Miranda lived at 58 Grafton Way from 1802 to 1810, during which time it became a hotbed of South American revolutionary fervour where all the famous names from Bolivar down met and plotted. In 1810 Miranda returned to Venezuala and became its first revolutionary leader, only to be deposed by a Spanish counter-attack. On his way to be evacuated by a British warship he was handed over to the Spanish authorities by, ironically, Bolivar. Miranda died in prison a few years later. The statue is a copy of one made in 1895 by the Venezualan sculptor Rafael de la Cova. It was put in position in 1990 after the restoration of the house as a cultural centre.”
(58 Grafton Way W1, Ornamental Passions)

2 comments:

Lowell said...

The name is familiar. It's a commanding sculpture. Lots of skullduggery going on in those days!

cieldequimper said...

I didn't know he lived in London...