“… by a sleep to say we end/The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks/That flesh is heir to…”*

*from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, Act III, Scene I.

From panoramaofthethames.com:

“Number 3, Cholmondeley Walk was once the home of Richard Hilditch (1804-1873), the distinguished artist, who exhibited many paintings of views of Richmond at the Royal Academy. Richard worked for the family silk business and also established himself as a noted landscape artist. From 1824 to 1844 he used 13 Ludgate Hill as his address and then from 1849 gave Cholmondeley Cottage.

From the website of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames:

“…William McMillan, CVO, RA. 1887-1977 lived at no.3 Cholmondeley Walk (see picture above) from 1948 to 1970. He was an eminent Scottish sculptor who during the 1920s helped to lead sculpture away from marble to other stone and different woods. He is best remembered for his statues of King George VI in Carlton Gardens, London, of Alcock and Brown at Heathrow Airport, and of Thomas Coram and Sir Walter Raleigh on the Victoria Embankment. The Times newspaper carried a long obituary of him on 28th September 1977…”

From the website of the The Scottish Military Research Group – Commemorations Project:

William McMillan was born at Aberdeen on 31 August 1887. He studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and the Royal College of Art between 1908 and 1912 and at the Royal Academy Schools. He also studied in Florence. He served in the Great War and his experience of trench warfare at its worst marked him for life. As a sculptor, McMillan was distinguished by his wide range of subjects,…curiosity about materials and his marked decorative ability.

The last was amply illustrated in his two bronze groups of ‘Nereid and Triton with dolphins’ for the Earl Beatty Memorial Fountain, Trafalgar Square (1948), which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and exhibited at Burlington House in 1940.

…His statue of ‘King George VI’ (1954) in his garter robes stands in Carlton Gardens, London. His diminutive ‘Sir Walter Raleigh’ (1959) originally stood on Raleigh Green in Whitehall, but has since been rusticated to Greenwich, where it stands in the grounds of the former Royal Naval College. Cast by Morris Singer, his impressive life-size figurative sculpture of ‘Viscount Trenchard’ (1961) stands on Victoria Embankment in London…

Other portrait statues included ‘Captain Thomas Coram’ (1963) of Foundling Hospital fame in Brunswick Square, London; ‘Sir John Alcock’ and ‘Sir Arthur Brown’ at Heathrow were sculpted in 1966…his remarkable lightning conductor on the roof of Kensington Town Hall takes the form of a golden figure standing on one foot and holding a star aloft (1960).

…McMillan found considerable relaxation in water colours and pastels and many of his sketches were exhibited at the R.A.. In association with his friends Vincent Harris and Sir Edward Maufe, much of his work was of an architectural nature and may be seen on public buildings throughout Britain.

…In retirement McMillan was elected an Honorary Life Member of the Chelsea Arts Club, where he lunched almost daily until his death. In his younger days, he played a prominent part in the organization of the Chelsea Arts Ball at the Royal Albert Hall. In 1966 McMillan gave up his Chelsea studio and retired from active exercise of his profession, but continued to paint for pleasure.

…A few days before his 90th birthday in 1977, McMillan travelled to his Chelsea bank from his home in Richmond in Surrey, was mugged and found in the street badly injured minus his wallet. He died shortly thereafter in hospital.”

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