Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial Queen Victoria Memorial

Erection date: 16/5/1911


{To the side of steps leading to the central statue:}
This memorial was designed and executed by Thomas Brock RA Sculptor

{On the plinth below the Queen herself:}
Regina Imperatrix

Shame about the nose. On the platform at the unveiling ceremony Brock was made Knight Commander of the Bath.

Site: Queen Victoria Memorial (1 memorial)

SW1, The Mall

Subscriptions for the erection of this monument were sought, especially from the colonies. These funds paid not just for the monument but also to turn the Mall into a royal processional route, the erection of Admiralty Arch and the re-facing of Buckingham Palace. The architect chosen for the whole project was Aston Webb. He must have visited Brussels at about this time since Admiralty Arch is partly modelled on the monumental arch in Park Cinquantenaire and Buckingham Palace is partly modelled on the Royal Palace in Brussels which was also being refaced. The palace had to be completed in 3 months while the royals were on their summer holiday at Sandringham (just like a modern TV make-over). Some pillars around the monument are named for the colonies while Canada got the splendid gates into Green Park. There is a story that when items were being allocated New Zealand got forgotten and it was only much later, when someone noticed, that a lion on the monument was inscribed for New Zealand. We thank Jamie Davis for finding this link to the British Pathe news film of the unveiling.

2022: We came across a description of this monument in the 1939 "Mrs Miniver" by Jan Struther: "The water, a bright translucent curve, flowed steadily into the marble basin; the tritons, nereids, and dolphins gambolled along the frieze; the symbolic bronze statues held, a trifle sententiously, their heroic poses, and high above them all the gilt Queen sat calmly in the sun."

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Queen Victoria Memorial

Subjects commemorated i

Queen Victoria

Reigned: 1837-1901, 64 years. Born Kensington Palace. Daughter of Edward, Duk...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Queen Victoria Memorial

Created by i

Sir Thomas Brock

Sculptor. Born in Worcester.  Ornamental Passions has some comments on his wo...

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Sir Aston Webb

Also designed the eastern façade of Buckingham Palace, the entrance façade to...

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