Queen Victoria, by Matthew Noble

Queen Victoria

Matthew Noble

1873

Marble

Central Hall, St Thomas' Hospital

London

Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of St Thomas' Hospital in 1868, and she returned in 1871 for the grand opening ceremony ("People," 6). According to the inscription on the base, this sculpture was presented to the hospital by Sir John Musgrove, formerly President of the hospital. It shows a rather young and alert-looking Queen in luxurianty brocaded robes with one foot showing on the little footstool. The details (jewellery, embroidery and so on) are very fine indeed.

  • Close-up of Victoria
  • Engraving in the 1878 Art Journal
  • Photograph and caption by Jacqueline Banerjee. 2009.

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