Ashton Building
The Quadrangle, off Ashton Street, Liverpool University, Liverpool L3

Picture by Jonathan P. Neill
Designers: Briggs Wolstenholme & Thorneley with Frank Simon
William Birnie Rhind

Rhind had previously designed the figures for The Cotton Exchange facade/towers (including the figure 'River Mersey' that now sits on the pavement in Old Hall Street, outside the replacement facade. Here he designed two figures which sit on the doorway pediment wearing billowing cloaks, and also designed a pair of sphinxes for the roof. An Edinburgh born sculptor, Rhind is best known for his Boer War Memorials in Edinburgh, such as the Royal Scots Greys and the Kings Own Scottish Borderers but he was principally an architectural sculptor, with most of his work in Edinburgh. In Glasgow he executed architectural sculpture which was, it is said, greatly influenced by Michelangelo in style and subject.

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Liverpool by Joseph Sharples
Glasgow sculpture

Alan Maycock 2008

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