William Ewart Gladstone, by Sir Thomas Brock

William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)

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

Marble, on a marble pedestal

Installed 1903

Westminster Abbey

"Gladstone stands bareheaded and wears the robes of Chancellor of the Exchequer. His right hand grasps his lapel and his left hand holds a sheaf of papers. He is looking slightly to the right; his expression firm and resolute, even stern. Gladstone's son Herbert, himself a politician, wrote to Brock on 31 March 1903: 'I must write a line to thank you for your very fine statue of my father. I have looked at it from all points of view and in different lights, and in every way it is worthy of its place in the Abbey'" (Sankey 195).

[Cf. Brock's Gladstone Memorial, St John's Gardens, Liverpool, in which Gladstone wears a frock-coat, has a draped pedestal behind him, a stack of four books beside him, and winged figures below him at the base of the pedestal — JB.]

Photograph and text kindly provided by John Sankey, whose copyright they remain.