The Art of the Grotesque

I always thought these were gargoyles, but last weekend when I visited the Wills Memorial Building in Bristol I learnt that they’re called grotesques. In case anyone’s interested in the difference, gargoyles are figures that contain a water spout through the mouth, while grotesques do not.

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building

It’s said that some of the more human faces might have been modelled on the builders who worked on the building!



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