Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - The Albert Memorial

The Albert Memorial - photograph


To Sir Gilbert Scott is due the credit of designing the Memorial to the late Prince Consort, which took twenty years to complete, and cost 120,000. It stands in Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall, is 175 feet high, and is resplendent in every detail-a mass of gilt, mosaic, and coloured stones. The colossal bronze-gilt figure of Prince Albert himself, under the Gothic canopy, is by Folev. On the projecting pedestals of the clustered granite columns are marble groups, representative of Agriculture, Manufacture, Commerce, and Engineering. In marble relief on the basement are no fewer than 169 figures of poets, painters, sculptors, and architects, while the groups at the corners of the steps do duty for the four continents.