'The messenger of Poseidon and mankind's helper in Greek mythology.'
Poseidon was the great Olympian God of the sea, rivers, flood and drought. In one myth,dolphin messengers were sent to bring him a nymph he loved, Amphitrite, whom would later become a sea-goddess and Poseidon’s wife. As a reward, he set the dolphin in the sky as a constellation.
Dolphins, in Greek mythology, were often depicted rescuing humans in danger.
Bust of Isambard Kingdom Brunel made in British Gypsum Plaster. Brunel remains the most famous engineer in history; famed for his bridges and dockyards, tunnels, steam ships and Great Western Railway.
As with all Famous Faces there are objects around the base. For this bust we have included some of the great engineers master pieces including the Box Tunnel; Clifton Suspension Bridge, A Steam Locomotive and the bow of the SS Great Britain.
The etch around the base reads - "THE MAN WHO BUILT THE WORLD"
Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana, or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the 5th monarch of the Tudor dynasty. The daughter of Henry VIII, her reign is celebrated as a golden age for England.
The BaseThere are objects around the base of the bust depicting events and places from Elizabeth I reign.. For this bust we have included The Spanish Armada, musical instruments from court including the lute, harp and drum along with the Globe Theatre, the crown and orb and Sir Walter Raleigh.
The etch around the base reads - "I HAVE ALREADY JOINED MYSELF IN MARRIAGE TO A HUSBAND, NAMELY THE KINGDOM OF ENGLAND"
Single Nelson bookend. Inscribed on one side with the 'England expects that every man will do his duty' sequence of flags. The last message from Lord Nelson aboard the HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. The other side features Nelson's signature.
Nelson's famous signal 'England expects that every man will do his duty', was made from the HMS Victory at 11:15am on 21st October 1905, minutes before the Battle of Trafalgar.
Around the BaseThe objects around the base include pistols, telescopes and ammunition, a cameo of Lady Hamilton and Napoleon's hat.
The etch around the base reads - "ENGLAND EXPECTS THAT EVERY MAN WILL DO HIS DUTY", Napoleon's signal from HMS Victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
A handmade paperweight cast in British Gypsum Plaster featuring the Tudor Rose in relief.
When Henry VIII took the crown of England from Richard III in 1485, he brought the 'Wars of the Roses' between the House of Lancaster (the red rose) and the House of York (the white rose) to an end. Henry's father, Edmund Tudor was born to Margaret Beaufort from the House of Lancaster. Henry married Elizabeth of York and in doing so brought both sides together.
The sides of the paperweight show the timeline of the Tudor dynasty's Kings and Queens from 1485 - 1509 in relief including Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Jane Grey, Mary I and Elizabeth I.