Queen Victoria, by Baron Marochetti

Queen Victoria

Baron Carlo Marochetti (1805-1867)

Unveiled 1854 (re-erected, 1866)

Bronze on a red and grey granite pedestal with bronze reliefs

George Square, Glasgow

This monument commemorates the Queen's visit to Glasgow in 1849; episodes from the visit are depicted in the reliefs on the sides of the pedestal. It was Britain's first equestrian statue of a woman, and drew enormous crowds for its inauguration, an event widely reported in the papers. It had provoked much discussion about balance (since the Queen had to be shown sitting side-saddle) and proportion (in case her feminine figure should be dwarfed by her steed). [Continued below]

  • Close-up of the Queen
  • Relief on the left side

    Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee

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