The Guildhall Art Gallery was designed by Richard Gilbert Scott and built in 1999.
I submitted ideas for five sculptures to be placed in the ambulatory. Dick Whittington
(d.1423) Mayor of London three times is better known now as a pantomime character.
His story ranks with the Pied Piper of Hamlyn and many other plague stories of grim
folklore. It is no accident that in real life Richard Whittington was a merchant
adventurer bringing valuable goods from the east On board the ships were the rats
hosting the black death. My figure carved in Portland stone is carved in a style
illustrative of children’s literature. It shows Dick and his cat at the point of
turning again on hearing Bow bells and look behind him there is the a rat. My Idea
with this and the other figures was to lighten the atmosphere at the entrance of
this impressive building and provide something for visiting children.