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Statue: Joseph Priestley

Erection date: 1915


{On the stone beneath his feet:}
Joseph Priestley
{On either side of this stone, below the arch:}
1733 1804

The thinker in a cubby-hole effect is enhanced by being shrouded in netting (to keep the pigeons off).

August 2017: A letter in The Guardian bemoans the lack of a London statue to Priestley. Is all our work in vain?

Site: Joseph Priestley (1 memorial)

WC1, Russell Square, 30

The statue is above a door in a side façade of the building, built in 1915 by Sir John Burnet as the Royal Institute of Chemistry, which now belongs to the University of London. On a window arch to the right of the statue is inscribed: 'Founded 1877:' and round the corner, facing the Square two more window arches are inscribed: 'Incorporated 1885', 'By Royal Charter'.

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Joseph Priestley

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Joseph Priestley

Born at Fieldhead, in the parish of Birstal, not far from Leeds, Yorkshire. E...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Joseph Priestley

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Gilbert Bayes

Born 6 Oval Road, Camden Town. Also did the bronze group with clock at the en...

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