Prince Albert, Statue, Holborn Circus
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
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
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