Quotes from London Remembers, Londonist and Open Democracy
Bronze copy of the bust of Woolf sculpted by Stephen Tomlin in 1931, on a five-foot-high plinth of Portland stone designed by Stephen Barkway. This is a copy of the bust in the National Portrait Gallery.
In March 1924, Woolf returned to live in London full-time after a decade in Surrey, moving to 52 Tavistock Square. “Her pleasure in being back in town fed into Mrs Dalloway, not least in her description of Mrs Dalloway's walk through London," Frances Spalding, curator of a National Portrait Gallery exhibition on Woolf, tells us…
A bronze bust of Woolf now stands in Tavistock Square, in the corner closest to the site of her apartment. The apartment was badly damaged in the Blitz, and the Tavistock Hotel now stands on the site of the Woolf’s former home.
The Gandhi statue lent Tavistock Square a certain serenity, and it was soon followed by a number of peace memorials. A cherry tree was planted (on 6 August 1967) to remember the victims of the Hiroshima bombing; in 1986 the League of Jewish Women planted a field maple to mark the United Nations' International Year of Peace; on 15 May 1994, a volcanic-slate memorial was installed at the square to honour conscientious objectors, and unveiled by one of their number, the composer Michael Tippett. One can understand why, among Londoners, Tavistock Square became known as "the peace park".
The Gandhi represented here is a seated figure, ponderous and meditative, not the more familiar Gandhi with the walking-stick, a searing image made popular by his famous march to the sea. It is this seated image with which, for a long period through the 1970s and 1980s, the state-owned television channel, Doordarshan, announced its news bulletin. londonremembers.com, londonist.com, opendemocracy.net