John Henry Foley (1818-1874)
1866 (see Foster 64); first installed and unveiled in the Art Gallery, 1868 (see Read 153)
Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham
This statue stands in the opposite corner to a later one of Queen Victoria, by Thomas Woolner, on the half-landing of the main stairs of Birmingham's grand municipal building or "Council House." A Gothic canopy was originally planned for it (see Read 153), but it occupies its present position without any kind of architectural fanfare, just as the Queen's statue does.Photographs, commentary and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2012.
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