William Huskisson

William Huskisson (1770-1830)

John Gibson, RA 1790-l866

1836

Marble

Pimlico Gardens, off Grosvenor Rd, London SW1

  • entire statue
  • 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.