Maquette for the statue of John Howard
Sir Alfred Gilbert, R. A. (1854-1934)
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.