Statues, gargoyles and reliefs

The outside of the Museum is decorated with an astonishing series of statues, gargoyles and reliefs. Extinct animals and plants were represented to the east and the living to the west. Waterhouse sketched each with care before they were cast in terracotta. Most of the sketches featured here were drawn between 1875-1876.

Great paleotherium

Waterhouse’s sketch of the Great Paleotherium holds its head at a slightly different angle to the finished statue.

Lion

This stately lion has been created true to Waterhouse’s original concept as shown in this sketch.

Cobra

You can barely distinguish any changes between this Waterhouse sketch of a cobra and the terracotta relief that has been created.

Pterodactyl

This awesome Pterodactyl sitting on the eastern façade of the building is as Waterhouse envisaged it.