SJ8498 : Queen Victoria at Piccadilly Gardens

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Queen Victoria at Piccadilly Gardens
Queen Victoria at Piccadilly Gardens
The centrepiece of the Piccadilly Esplanade is the over-sized bronze statue of Queen Victoria seated on a large throne wearing a lace dress with the Order of Garter. She holds a sceptre in her right hand and an orb in her left. At the top of the throne is a bronze figure of St George fighting the dragon. Six steps lead up to the throne. Onslow Ford was commissioned to create this tribute to Victoria and at the outset the plan was for a marble statue. Queen Victoria had agreed to sit for the artist. Apparently it was Victoria who felt that a marble statue wouldn't weather well in the smokey atmosphere of Manchester and the plans changed to bronze. Unfortunately the statue wasn't completed until 1901 by which time Victoria was dead. (Information gleaned from Manchester History LinkExternal link )

In the background is the Mercure Hotel, formerly the Ramada Hotel.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 10 September, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 25 December, 2016
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Piccadilly Gardens 
Statue (from Tags)
Queen Victoria 
Person (from Tags)
Onslow Ford 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8439 9829 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8658N 2:14.2012W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8439 9829
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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