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Statue of George IV

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Location

Street:Church Street
Town:Brighton
Parish:Brighton
Council:Brighton & Hove City Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN1/BN2
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Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:Faces west, just outside the north gate of The Royal Pavilion
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:162
Grid reference:F7
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.
OS Reference:TQ3104
Previous location:Northern enclosure of Old Steine (moved for siting of war memorial 14/03/1922)

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Makers

Name :Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Public subscription
Installation date:10/1828
Unveiling date:10/1828
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Brighton & Hove City Council
Object listing:Grade II: of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them
Listing date:13/10/1952
Description:Standing robed figure of George IV on a corniced granite pedestal. The statue is a replica of that which stands at the head of the grand staircase in Windsor Castle.
Signatures:South aspect of statue, bottom of robe:
GEORGE IV
MDCCCXXVIII
CHANTREY.SC.

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Classification

Categories:Commemorative, Sculptural, Free Standing
Object type1:Statue
Object type2:Sculpture
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Full-length
Subject type2:Portrait
     Subject subtype1:Standing

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Object Parts

Part 1:Statue
     Material:Bronze
     Height (cm):275
     Width (cm):120
     Depth (cm):120
Part 2:Pedestal, lower section
     Material:Granite
     Height (cm):65
     Width (cm):210
     Depth (cm):210
Part 3:Pedestal, upper section
     Material:Granite
     Height (cm):250
     Width (cm):145
     Depth (cm):145
Part 4:Base
     Material:Stone blocks
     Height (cm):18
     Width (cm):355
     Depth (cm):355

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:17/04/2007

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History

History:The statue was moved on 14 March 1922 and put on a new base opposite the statue of Queen Victoria. It was moved to make room for the building of the War Memorial. It is a copy of Chantrey's marble figure of the King in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor.
('The Royal Pavilion: A Study in the Romantic')

Chantrey undertook the work for a fee of 3000 guineas but for some reason the cost mounted to twice that sum and it is said that the greater part of the deficit fell on the sculptor. (A Pictorial Guide to Brighton and Hove, the South Downs, Shoreham, Bramber, Lewes, Newhaven etc.')

A public dinner took place in The Old Ship Hotel to celebrate the erection of the statue. T.R. Kemp Esq. presided; Mr. Chantrey sat on his right hand with the Hon. G. Wellesley (son of Lord Cowley and nephew of the Duke of Wellington) on his left. T. Attree Esq. was the Vice President. There were from 120 - 130 people present (Brighton Herald 18/10/1828)
Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'Open Air Statues and Memorials' - New Pamphlet Box 17 (typed paper, 2 pages)
     Type:Archive
     Location:Brighton History Centre
     Catalogue reference:JLR 6/5/87

Source 2 :
     Title:'The Royal Pavilion: A Study in the Romantic'
     Type:Book
     Author:Musgrave, Clifford.
     Date:00/00/1951
     Page:71
     Publisher:Bredon & Higginbotham. Brighton.

Source 3 :
     Title:'A Pictorial Guide to Brighton and Hove, the South Downs, Shoreham, Bramber, Lewes, Newhaven etc.'
     Type:Book


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Date: 17/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 17/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 17/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 17/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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