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‘Mother and Children Playing’, Peter Laszlo Peri. South Lambeth estate, Lambeth

By Rosamund Lily West. After the Second World War, Hungarian artist Peter Laszlo Peri approached the LCC with the idea of depicting scenes of family life to ‘brighten up’ the facades of new LCC housing in Lambeth. ‘Mother and Children Playing’ dates to between 1951 and ‘52 and was installed on the stairwell of Horton House on the South Lambeth estate.

‘The Lesson’, Franta Belsky. Avebury estate, Bethnal Green

By Rosamund Lily West. The sculpture, ‘The Lesson’, by Franta Belsky, was installed on the Avebury estate in Bethnal Green in 1959 by the London County Council.

Empty plinth of ‘The Dockers’ on the Lansbury estate, Poplar

By Rosamund Lily West. In 1962, the LCC installed ‘The Dockers’ by Sydney Harpley on the Lansbury estate in Poplar. Today, the sculpture is not there, it’s just an empty plinth. This viewpoint looks at why the LCC chose the subject of dockers and how the collapse of the industry in the area is linked to the vandalisation, and subsequent removal, of the sculpture.

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Trafalgar Square & The National Gallery

This viewpoint guides you through the architectural history of Trafalgar Square and of the National Gallery – and its criticism by architectural commentators.