Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The Shelley Memorial, University College, Oxford
Percy Bysshe Shelley is remembered by this rather fine monument, installed in 1893, at University College, Oxford. The college was not officially open to visitors when I passed it the other day, but the porters kindly let me in to see the Memorial.
As Wikipedia says, the white marble sculpture by Edward Onslow Ford shows a "reclining nude and dead Shelley washed up on the shore at Viareggio in Italy after his drowning".
The irorny is that Shelley was expelled from University College for publishing his pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism.