Australia House – “Phoebus Driving The Horses of The Sun”

Looking West with your back to St Clement Danes church, the imposing building of Australia House fills your view. Australia House boasts numerous statues and monuments.

Australia House looking West from Fleet Street
Australia House from Fleet Street

The amazing (and huge) sculptures above the main entrance, called “Phoebus Driving The Horses of The Sun” are by Bertram Mackennal (1863 – 1931), an Australian sculptor, most famous for designing the coinage and stamps bearing the likeness of George V. He was also the first Australian artist to be knighted.

Phoebus Driving The Horses Of The Sun
Phoebus Driving The Horses Of The Sun

Australia House is the oldest Australian diplomatic mission and it is the longest continuously occupied foreign mission in London. King George V laid the building’s first foundation stone in 1913 but it was not until August 1918 that he officially opened the completed building. The sculpture was installed at this site in 1923.

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