Queen Victoria

Sir Thomas Brock, K.C.B., R.A. 1847-1922

Marble

1903

City Hall, Belfast

Victoria's bronze supporters on the plinth (see below) represent the city's chief industries at the turn of the century, shipbuilding and weaving. This statue in front of City Hall was unveiled by King Edward VII upon his first royal visit to Belfast on 27 July 1903, and "according to a barely credible account in the Belfast News Letter, he looked back over his shoulder at his Mamma as the carriage was receding after the ceremony, and exclaimed 'Couldn't be better!'" (cited in Brett, p. 55).

Photographs by Tim Willasey-Wilsey and text by Philip V. Allingham

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