Stephenson Memorial, Newcastle
John Graham Lough (1798-1876)
Bronze, on a grit-stone column and base
Neville Road junction, near Newcastle Central Station
This memorial shows a larger-than-life Stephenson in a thoughtful pose, with a rolled plan in one hand. Four bronze figures are seated at the corners of the base. Of the two shown here, one (on the right) is an engineer resting his arm on a model of a steam engine, while the other, more muscular and classically-robed, is a blacksmith with an anvil. The other two figures, not visible from the front, are of a miner with a safety lamp (invented by Stephenson) and a plate-layer with a type of rail also invented by Stephenson. All the figures, to varying degrees, have a mix of classical and more modern elements — though the main figure's "toga-like scarf" has been described as a "Northumberland plaid" ("Monument to George Stephenson").
Photograph, caption, and commentary 2008 by Jacqueline Banerjee.
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