My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Innocent England…

Today I stumbled upon this photograph of autumn leaves cast in plaster.  Multiplied many times over and cast in bronze they were to have surrounded my innocent – but controversial – National Health Service standing nude.  (See diary page for May 9th.)  The sculpture depicts spring emerging from winter and the leaves would have formed a vortex around the figure.  However, even a whole host of leaves could not satisfy the prudish NHS Trustees as to the appropriateness of a nude figure in a hospital setting. 

D. H. Lawrence’s paintings suffered a similar fate.  Hence his poem “Innocent England”  which begins:
       Oh what a pity. Oh! Don’t you agree
       that figs aren’t found in the land of the free!
       Figs don’t grow in my native land;
      There’s never a fig-leaf near at hand
      When you want one; so I did without;
      And that is what the row’s all about.

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