Detail from a statue of Enriqueta Rylands at the John Rylands Library in Manchester city centre.
Even given the graininess of this image I find the detail amazing, the knuckles, the sinews, the muscles all carved from stone. I wonder what the sculptor would make of the amazing hand transplant that has made the news here in the UK.
Enriqueta presides over the reading room of the library, that she founded in memory of her husband,
many things in society may have changed with the passing of time but the fabric of the library is as it was in 1900 when the library opened to readers.
I can’t help but muse on the fact that the current exhibition housed in the glass cabinets at her feet is entitled Fifty Years of Clockwork Orange would surely be enough to to bring a blush to those blanched Victorian cheeks. Goodness from her vantage point she can even see The Rocking Machine
The John Rylands Library allows and encourages photography (no tripods, no flash) and invites its visitors to share their images on Flickr. They also make a very decent brew of tea in the cafe, at £2.50 for a pot for two we thought it a city centre bargain. Mr Uphilldowndale and I didn’t have long to linger, I’d like to pop back one day to take some photos that are a little more considered, I’ll add it to the list.