Albert Memorial


The Albert Memorial is one of the great sculptural achievements of the Victorian era.  For sheer scale and opulence, it’s hard to match.  Queen Victoria commissioned the memorial to commemorate her late consort, Prince Albert, who died of typhoid, leaving the Queen an “utterly broken-hearted and crushed widow of forty-two.”

The Monument has a large statue of Albert seated in a vast Gothic shrine, and includes a frieze with 169 statues incorporated into the design.  The steps around the memorial are guarded by groups symbolizing Europe, Africa, America and Asia, while above Albert's head are Agriculture, Manufacture, Engineering, and Commerce. The pinnacle, which extends to 175 feet above the base, has more allegorical figures, including Faith, Hope, Charity, and Humility nearest the top.

At the time of its completion, the monument was noted as being one of the most costly works in granite of the period.  For a while at the beginning of the 1990s the Memorial was under scaffolding.  Eventually it was lovingly restored.  Today, Albert Memorial is an absolute must for tourists who care about Victorian Art, because it’s as good as it gets.




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