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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Snap regal statues

Recently I overheard a walking tour guide say 'Edinburgh has more statues of named animals than of named women'.  I was intrigued so checked on line and indeed while there are 3 named animals - 2 dogs and a bear (all male) the only named women are two Queens.  Having collected and shared lots of animal statues for snap sets I thought this was a good challenge to get out and about to find the statues and look for other representations of women.

After much walking and looking I realised that female figures do feature on several fountains and other decorative pieces - I managed to find one where they are wearing clothes - but not as single figure statues.  Even the two statues of Queens are rather hard to find and identify


Queen Mary (of Scots) is one of several figures on the side of the National Portrait Gallery - up at first floor level so I'd never noticed her until I went looking

Queen Victoria is on top of the National Gallery - again not a statue you tend to notice when walking past - I could only manage a silhouette.

Now my interest is roused so after some internet research I've found mention of a few more statues of women that I'll share next week.

Are there statues on women where you are?  Queen Victoria?  Anyone else?


8 comments:

Maggie said...

It's amazing what you find when you look around. I can bring to mind at least two statues of women in Bath. I will have to look more closely. I seem to recall that those ones we looked at in Bristol on Millennium Square were men.

Sian said...

Oh, I like this! I get quite a good view of statues as we drive past, from the high up seats in our Landrover, so new suggestions of ones to look out for are always welcome.

We have Queen Victoria here, outside the hospital which bears her name. We have the "monument to the unknown woman worker", which funnily enough sits in Great Victoria Street

Miriam said...

I can't think of any statues in my town! I'II go and look, thanks Helena Another great idea!

Ruth said...

There are a few 'female' statues that I can think of in London ... Edith Cavell, HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the present Queen ... but that many, given the size of the capital city.

Eileen T said...

There is a Queen Victoria in Bath but that's the only royal one I know of locally. There are a few named female statues though, Millie in BOA (erected for the Millenium!), the Rebecca Fountain in Bath, Brittania at Iford, and Diana Dors in Swindon.

Karen said...

Hmmm. I don't really know, but now I'll be on the lookout. Great idea for a SNAP collection.

Patio Postcards said...

Neat SNAP - I think I like the queen in shadow best. We have lots of Queen statues, mostly Victoria & Elizabeth II.

marshaleith said...

I was just at the park today where there is a statue of Queen Victoria! Plus a lovely statue of a mother and child...