William Huskisson (1770-1830)
John Gibson, RA 1790-l866
Pimlico Gardens, off Grosvenor Rd, London SW1
Photograph and text Jacqueline Banerjee, 2010
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Another of Gibson's classically draped marble statues, this one in a little Thames-side park shows the statesman William Huskisson in a Roman senator's robes and a deeply thoughtful pose. Sir Robert Peel, who had been present when Huskisson was fatally injured by a train at the ceremonial opening of the Liverpool to Manchester railway, thought the sculptor had endowed his subject with an unmerited air of grandeur by portraying him like this.