b/w by Pete Sanders
color by Jim Ryder.
THE RESCUE OF ANDROMEDA
Thanks to a marvellous piece of photographic and internet detection work by Peter Sanders and Jim Ryder. Rumblings in now able to add another Bolan landmark to the itinerary - the location of The Warlock Of Love 1968 photo-session statue.
Initially Peter Sanders couldn't recall the location - but he remembered it was Marc who approached him and suggested the statue site for a photo-session, and it was somewhere in the central London area. However, after careful inspection of his original photo's with a magnifying glass he managed to locate on the statue's plinth a plague bearing the inscription Rescue of Andromeda. Jim Ryder then tried everywhere to hunt down the statue's exact location - London library's. Tourist Roards. Museums. etc - but to no avail. "Whilst 'surfing' the net he discovered a website by London based historical photographer Peter Marshall. Following an e-mail from Jim, within two weeks Peter Marshall was able to respond with the statue's location - just to the right of the entrance to the Tate Gallery' (nearest underground station - Pimlico.
The sculpture is by Henry C. Fehr (1867-1940) and was made in 1893. It depicts part of a fascinating legend from Greek mythology - the scene of the rescue of Andromeda from the sea dragon. At the base of the sculpture a naked women is chained to the rocky cliff face. She is Andromeda, daughter of Cepheus - King of the Aethiopians. Cepheus's queen, Cassiopeia had enraged the Sea-Nymphs by comparing her own beauty to their's. In reprisal the Sea-Nymphs had sent a sea monster to ravage the coast. To appease the deities King Cepheus was directed to sacrifice his daughter - Andromeda - to the monster.
Above the cliff face and the chained Andromeda appears the figure of
Perseus (son of Zeus ). After hunting down the three-sister Gorgons (Sthenna,
Euryale and Medusa) at the behest of his own King. Perseus slayes Medusa - cutting off her
head, which he then bears as his own weapon, as whoever looks upon her is turned to stone.