Upper Thames Street – Swan Marker and Barge Master

The life-size bronze of the Swan Marker and Barge Master is by Vivien Mallock FRBS (B.1945). It is believed to be the first public sculpture in London ever to be commissioned by a Livery Company in particular by the Vintners’ Company. It has been installed at the southern end of Garlick Hill where it meets Upper Thames Street. The Vintners’ who commissioned the piece, share with the Dyers Company the duty of ‘swan marking’ on the Thames. The Vintners’ Barge Master is shown in his traditional costume with a swan at his feet.

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Vivien Mallock’s work, principally in bronze, covers a wide spectrum from portraiture and large monuments to small figurative pieces of both human and wildlife subjects. She became an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1998.

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