When passing Cadogan Place Gardens, try and see if you can catch a glimpse the bronze sculptures of David Wynne, who creates two pieces for the gardens in the Seventies.
At the North West corner of Cadogan Place Gardens is The Dancers, which shows an entwined male and female dancing with abandon, standing on a raised octagonal granite plinth. It is signed, dated 1971 and numbered one of six.
In the other half of the gardens stands Girl With Doves, in which a female nude stands on a stepped granite plinth with her hands above her head and five doves fluttering between her hands.
One of the strengths of Wynne’s work is the depiction of movement, which is illustrated well in this piece as it appears that the birds are flying unsupported. The work is titled, signed and numbered one of six, other copies can be found in South Carolina and Chicago. It was cast by the Art Bronze Foundry (London) Ltd, which is based just off the King’s Road.
The owners of the great London estates have, over the centuries, commissioned works of art to beautify and enhance their developments, especially in garden squares. The Cadogan Estate embraced this tradition with the Wynne bronzes.