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Naked beauty

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Naked lady, South Marine Park, South Shields

Restored to original condition

She’s one of the original “Tittie Lizzies” that attended Queen Victoria outside of South Shields Town Hall, if you look at the picture (follow the link) of the nymph at the Town Hall you will see that for many years they have been painted black.

The other four nymphs which have stood in the South Marine Park since the 1950s have been subject to much restoration as the park has benefited from a grant via the Heritage Lottery Fund, and South Tyneside Council have almost completed the job of returning the park to it’s Victorian splendour. Whilst working on the statues it was discovered that underneath the many layers of black paint, the ladies were originally a beautiful light bronze. Specialist chemicals have been used to remove the black paint and now they are again looking like the wonderful 1920s art nouveau nymphs that they were meant to be.

The four naked ladies are now once again resplendent on the terrace of the South Marine Park complete with new “shades” for their torches held aloft.

This is a black and white conversion tinted and toned in Photoshop

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/25 second, f3.5, iso 200


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Written by curly

January 7, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. i really like this and the composition.she is just a shameless woman! 🙂

    sterl the pearl

    January 7, 2009 at 4:40 am

  2. She may be shameless(?) but with good reason – she is a beauty. I’m glad the statues were restored to their original condition. A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness …


    January 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm

  3. I’ve also got to agree that she looks far more demure in this cleaned up state than the black coloured one shown in Jan 2007. It would be so nice to see all four of them composed together in the one shot…..perhaps already on your to do list. I sincerely hope so.

    Chris Fox

    January 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm

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