And There He Was, Gone…

Stephen tells me that the inevitable has happened – Naffed-Off Nelson, just outside the Trafalgar Tavern, has gone. Whether he’s been half-inched or removed before he was half-inched I don’t know.

As regular readers will know, I didn’t care for the statue – I thought it showed a great naval hero, who was, by all accounts a handsome devil and popular with the ladies, as looking suspciously like a grumpy version of Kermit the Frog (also handsome in his way and popular with certain ladies with long swishy hair and pointy pink ears, but come on…) – but the very fact that we can’t keep public art on show for fear of it disappearing overnight is a really deplorable state of affairs.

The proverbial ‘something’ needs to be done.


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5 Comments to “And There He Was, Gone…”

  1. Stephen says:

    My initial thought was he had been removed for restoration.

  2. tplautus says:

    The statue had a very impressive codpiece – let’s hope it comes back soon.

    It has no artistic merit whatsoever, is naff beyond words and really should be committed to the deep without hope of resurrection.

    And yet, Greenwich has always had its bad taste aspect – it’s part of what gives the place its character, so there is room for this sort of hideous individualism as a counterweight to the equal hideousness of good taste.

  3. rp says:

    the wife remarked, as she and I walked through greenwich park on sunday (on way to cinema), that it was surprising that the (returned) henry moore was still there – it must be lack of access for a low-loader – or however they carry these things off – that has the margin of safety.

  4. Tara says:

    I saw the statue being loaded into an Inc group van, last week, Thursday I think it was….

  5. Scott says:

    I have it on reasonably good authourity that he has been taken away to be repaired.