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Stuart House - Mary arrives in Scotland by horse

Stuart reliefs on Stuart House new Stuart House - Mary arrives in Scotland by horse

Erection date: 1895

Apologies, our photo of this panel was taken in poor light, we will go back.

Site: Stuart reliefs on Stuart House new (3 memorials)

SW3, Cadogan Square, Stuart House, 84

This Queen Anne style house was designed in 1880 by architect F.G. Knight for Oscar Leslie Stephen, a director of the Great Northern Railway. A large window on the north side both lighted a studio and advertised the artistic activities of the residents.

The house is decorated with 3 terracotta relief panels. We have numbered them, left to right: 1 'James I arrives in London' (ground floor, facing left); 2 'Mary arrives in Scotland by boat' (1st floor, below "Stuart House"); 3 "Mary arrives in Scotland by horse" (1st floor, towards the back of the building).  Mary was, of course, James's mother.

Why, one asks, are there scenes from the Stuart monarchy on this house in Cadagon Square?  We note that GNR initiated the East Coast route from London to Scotland and by 1862 there was a daily service from King's Cross to Edinburgh. Given the subject matter of the panels, we think they were tailor-made for this house, and inspired by the service provided by Stephen's business: arriving in Scotland or arriving in London from Scotland - both possible by GNR!

We've only space for one close-up picture of each panel but Lookup London has some excellent photos. Incidentally, Lookup London states that these 3 panels were originally on Victorian Mansion Buildings in Poultry along with the four panels that are now on the facade of 1 Poultry.  But the Poultry panels only became available when Victorian Mansion Buildings were demolished in the 1990s. We're convinced that the Stuart House panels were commissioned for this house and have been in situ since it was built in 1880.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Stuart House - Mary arrives in Scotland by horse

Subjects commemorated Information

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary’s first 20 years were an amazing roller-coaster of a life. She spent the...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Stuart House - Mary arrives in Scotland by horse

Created by Information

Joseph Kremer

Sculptor. Born Tromborn France, studied in Paris.  Possibly of German ancestr...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Stuart House - Mary arrives in Scotland by horse

Also at this site Information

Stuart House - James I arrives in London

{Inscribed in the bottom left corner:} Kremer 1875

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Stuart House - Mary arrives in Scotland by boat

Lookup London draws attention to the signature on the side of the boat. It lo...

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