Another thing that was discussed in the interview that I referred to in the previous post was the design of the Cenotaph itself – by the architect Edward Lutyens (the same who lent his name to the rather disappointing Conran restaurant on Fleet Street).
The story that was recounted was that Lutyens had been commissioned to design a permanent memorial to replace the temporary wooden sculpture and while dining with Lady Sackville sketched the first design that later became the Cenotaph that now stands in Whitehall today.
The thing that caught my eye with this sketch was its quality – sketched from memory at a dinner table, probably with a fair few glasses of port and yet it is practically the finished article. Very impressive indeed – and a talent/skill that I wish I had!
If I didn’t have so much work to do I’d do a list of the top 10 things sketched “on the back of napkin/beer mat” – having said that the winner would always be the same: the Supermarine Spitfire followed closely by the Jaguar E-type.