The Albert Memorial is situated to the north of the Royal Albert Hall, right in Kensington Gardens, London. It was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband. The memorial was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the Gothic Revival design. Started in July 1872 by Queen Victoria, with the statue of Albert ceremonially "seated" in 1875, the memorial includes an elaborate canopy or pavilion, in the design of a Gothic ciborium over the high altar of a church, including a statue of the prince facing south. The memorial is 176 feet (54 m) tall, took over ten years to finish, and cost £120,000 (the equivalent of about £10,000,000 in 2010). The price was met by public subscription.
At the corners of the central region, and at the corners of the outer region, there are two allegorical sculpture applications: four groups depicting Victorian industrial arts and sciences (agriculture, business, engineering andmanufacturing), and four more groups representing Europe, Asia, Africa and The Americas at the four corners, each continent-group including several ethnographic figures and a big creature. (A camel for Africa, a buffalo for the Americas, an elephant for Asia and a bull for Europe.) The central sculpture of Albert can be obtained and downloaded here.
The Asia group was carved by John Henry Foley; Africa, William Theed; America, John Bell; Europe, Patrick MacDowell
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