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King Edward VII

London 1841 - London 1910
King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India, 1901-1910
(Wikipedia)
Albert Toft
1913

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Description

Marble statue of King Edward VII in Field Marshal's uniform and Garter Robes. On the plinth three bronze sculptures, representing

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  1. Peace, female seated figure with attributes, good flowing drapery and sensitive faces,
  2. Education and Progress, including youth and boy with model of Tower Bridge,
  3. St George slaying the dragon beneath a large stylised crown.

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Inscription(s)

EDWARD VII
1901-1910

Signature

albert toft sc. 1913

Annotation

The statue was unveiled in Victoria Square on St George's Day, 23 April 1913 by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll. It stood next to a statue of Queen Victoria. However, soon afterwards these statues were criticised as being of 'ill matched designs'. The statue of Edward VII was eventually moved to Highgate Park when Victoria Square was remodelled in 1951.

The statue was the subject of theft in the 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the theft of Saint George's lance and then the three bronze groups in 1985 and 1986, none of which have been recovered. After restoration by Cliveden Conservation in Bath, starting in 2009, a new sceptre and orb capital (Cross pattée) were made and the three bronzes were also re-made and the whole assembly reunited and erected on the original plinth, outside Baskerville House in Centenary Square.

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Tags

  • Boy with bridge
  • Education
  • Edward VII (King of Great Britain)
  • George, St.
  • Man with child
  • Monarch
  • Peace (Pax)
  • Progress
  • Statue
  • Toft, Albert
  • Locatie (N 52°28'47" - W 1°54'24")

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