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Mrs Catherine Booth, by George
Wade

Mrs Catherine Booth (1829-1890), wife of the founder of the Salvation Army, by George Edward Wade (1853-1933). Dedicated 1929, on the centenary of both her and her husband's birth. Close-up from the front of the upper part of the bronze figure, which is one of a matching pair of monuments to General Booth (1829-1912) and his wife in front of the William Booth Memorial Training College, Champion Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5. Both figures are shown during prayer meetings in their Salvation Army uniforms. Catherine Booth wears the famous Salvation Army bonnet and holds a Bible to her heart while preaching earnestly.

Left: Inscription on the pedestal in raised metal letters. Right: Mrs Catherine Booth from the right-hand side. Like General Booth, his wife is putting her whole heart into her preaching, her arm not raised but extended as if in supplication for the souls of the listeners.

Left: Mrs Catherine Booth from the left. Right: George Wade's name on the bronze base of the statue. In the left-hand picture can be seen part of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's training college building, which stands just behind the two statues. According to the National Recording Project details, the statues were cast at the Morris Art Bronze Foundry.

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Sources

Baker, Margaret. London Statues and Monuments

Bullus, Claire, and Ronald Asprey. The Statues of London. London & New York: Merrell, 2009. Print.

"Catherine Booth, Statue...." National Recording Project. PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association). Web. 11 April 2013.


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