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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.
Gilbert Bayes lived here
Selfridges clock holding sculptor lived and died here.
Location: 4 Greville Place, St Johns Wood, London
Description: While living here sculptor Gilbert Bayes (1872–1953) was at the height of his career and completed some of his best-known works, including Queen of Time (1931), the female figure which supports the great clock on the Oxford Street façade of London’s famous department store, Selfridges.
Bayes also lovingly introduced his sculptures as decorative additions to his home, although many of these have since been stolen, some remain.
An embellishment above a side window and a solitary statue, Great Pan (1929), in the rear garden act as a reminder of the creative environment in which Bayes lived and worked.
A blue plaque was unveiled here in 2007.