Matthew Noble (c.1817-1876)
Carrara marble on a polished red granite pedestal
Vestibule, Leeds Town Hall
The Headrow, Leeds
After Prince Albert's death Noble was commissioned to execute a statue of him to match the one of Queen Victoria already in the Town Hall's vestibule. In 1865, therefore, the Queen's statue was moved to the east apse, and the new statue was placed in the west apse opposite it, as a companion piece. The two figures (both 8' 6") make a good pair, but the later one seems rather more pedestrian — except that Albert seems to be showing off rather a surprising amount of bare leg to reveal his royal garter! This statue has sustained damage, too: some fingers are missing.
Photograph, caption and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2011.
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