Maquette for the statue of John Howard

Maquette for the statue of John Howard

Sir Alfred Gilbert, R. A. (1854-1934)

c.1890

Signed with Gilbert's monogram on the interior of the drapery

Bronze on wooden base

18 1/4 inches (46.25cm)

The centenary statue of the great prison reformer John Howard (1726-1790), which Dorment descibes as the most satisfying of Gilbert's distinguished series of full length portraits, was commissioned for the Market Square, Bedford. After approval of the small model, as so often with Gilbert, he further elaborated the scheme and came into conflict with the memonal committee.