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Princes Street, London
Carved by hand in Portland limestone, this was one of Austin's first commercial carving projects.

As seen below, the central baluster detail was carved into a block with te ornamental swags and ribbon work flowing into the two original abbutting stones.

Notice the difference in colour between the darker central, freshly carved piece and the two older original stones. When Portland stone is fresh from the quarry it holds moisture (lending to its darker colour) and tends to have a 'creamier' consistency allowing for a more satisfying carve. As it ages and weathers, Portland stone dries-out becoming more brittle and lighter in colour.

This carving may be viewed high above the street at:  1 Princes Street, London EC2
Below are photos of this project.  Click an image to enlarge.
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