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Rodney Alsop Memorial Seat and Reflection Pond
Rodney Alsop Memorial Seat and Reflection Pond
Rodney Alsop Memorial Seat and Reflection Pond
The Memorial Seat, built in 1935, is dedicated to Rodney Alsop (1881–1932), the principal architect of the Hackett Memorial Buildings and designer of the immediate surrounds and Reflection Pond. Alsop suffered badly from asthma and in 1932 suffered an attack and passed away in his sleep. The artist George Benson, a friend of Alsop, made a sketch design for the seat. The architectural firm Hobbs, Forbes & Partners was responsible for the final design. The inscription on the seat, 'Verily by beauty it is that we come at wisdom' was taken from Robert Bridges, Testament of Beauty, Book IV, I.1305. A companion Memorial Seat for Vice-Chancellor Hubert Edwin Whitfeld was erected opposite on the west end of the Reflection Pond in 1949.

Whitfeld Court

Caption: Robyn Taylor
Photo: Terry Larder