When I visited Dublin in 2010 and 2011, The Temple Bar (within Temple Bar) had two painted panels flanking the front door, one of Lady Martha Temple and the other of Sir William Temple. I thought they really brightened up that stretch of road. Sadly, when I returned in 2012, the bright, colorful paintings had been replaced! I prefer the original, but I also don’t deal well with change…
I actually made a print of the original, and it’s hanging in my dining room. I had wanted to return and get a picture of Sir William Temple without a man standing in front of it so that I could have a matching set. Alas, that will not happen. Although, the man by Sir William does add a little charm to the photo.
3 thoughts on “The Replacement Temples”
I like the man. Make a print of him anyway.
It certainly changes the tone/atmosphere. I wonder if it was an issues of maintaining the paintings or an intended change in clientele/target audience. The shot with the gentleman is intriguing. Have you attempted turning it B&W or changing part B&W ?
There may have been some issues maintaining the paintings. They were looking a little worn last time. I haven’t tried turning B&W – I just might do that and see what I come up with. 🙂