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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Prince Albert, Statue, Holborn Circus

Summary

Type Statue , Relief

     Prince Albert in military costume, raises aloft a cocked hat. His horse stands on a rough granite base. Around the upper part of the granite pedestal runs a fillet in the form of a thick oak wreath, with lions' heads at the four corners. At the west end of the plinth is an allegory of Peace with a laurel crown and a palm in her left hand and a cornucopia in her right hand. Her robe falls open at the front. At the east end is an allegory of History her hair generously falling down her back, her right breast exposed and a simple, unornamented armlet around her right biceps. She holds a book with her left hand which is supported by the knee of her left leg whose foot is resting on three closed books. The relief on the north side shows Prince Albert standing with a ceremonial mallet beside the foundation stone of the Royal Exchange, whilst two workmen prepare the pulley. He is surrounded by a crowd of dignitaries, including, directly behind him the Lord Mayor. One of the attendant persons holds the ceremonial trowel. The relief on the south side shows, at the centre, Britannia enthroned, a lion reclining at her feet, holding out laurel crowns to representatives of the exhibiting nations in their national costumes. Those nearest her are kneeling, the rest standing.
     The statue was offered to the Corporation by Charles Oppenheim
    

Inscriptions

Inscribed in granite below relief panel on N.side: THE PRINCE LAYING THE FIRST STONE OF THE ROYAL EXCHANGE. JAN.17.1842 Inscribed on the bronze relief on the south side: EXHIBITION OF ALL NATIONS.1851. BRITANNIA DISTRIBUTING AWARDS Inscribed in granite below relief panel on on north side: ALBERT PRINCE CONSORT/ BORN 1819 DIED 1861 Base of figure at east end: HISTORY on the book held by this figure: 1851 1862 Base of figure at west end inscr.: PEACE

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Young (H.) & Co., None Foundry
Bacon, Charles Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue of Prince Albert Bronze c. 300 (h)
Two relief plaques Bronze each c. 200 x 80
Two allegorical figures Bronze each c. 160 (h)
Ornamental fillet Bronze c. 25 (h)
Pedestal Granite c. 400 (h)

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CLCOL170 CL
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Surface spalling, crumbling
  • Metallic staining
  • Other
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road Holborn Circus
Precise location in the middle of the Circus
A-Z ref 141 H6
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1874
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Charles Oppenheim
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? Not at risk

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