Queen victoria statue in Delhi
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Nov 2, 2012 5:51 AM Last Post By: Giora
Oct 30, 2012 12:36 PM
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Oct 30, 2012 9:30 PM
4I'm not aware of any statues of Victoria in Delhi. Coronation Park has a big marble statue of a later king (George V maybe, I can't remember off the top of my head) as well as a nice collection of statues of other colonial figures. It's in an intriguing location, on the edge of the city in a rather isolated place. There's a new ashram-like place (with a very clean pool of water) across the street set up by some guru or other, which is a nice place to have lunch if you visit.
St. James Church is open and free to visit; I'm not sure that I even met the care-taker when I turned up. It's a pretty church, and that corner of old Delhi has a number of other interesting things to see.
Oct 31, 2012 2:15 PM
Nov 1, 2012 2:03 AM
7Indeed Zoltan, that seems to be Nassau rather than Delhi... Delhi's parliament building is a circular Lutyens affair, and I'm fairly sure it's off-limits to the casual tourist.
Nov 1, 2012 2:12 AM
8Could the OP actually be looking for the famous statue in Calcutta?
Nov 1, 2012 2:20 AM
9What I heard was that there used to be a Queen Victoria statue near Chandni chowk in Old Delhi, and after independence it was removed and placed in a park somewhere in Delhi.
Nov 1, 2012 2:29 AM
10I think you've heard the story a little wrong mattyboy, though maybe there is some Queen Victoria statue that I'm unaware of. But what definitely exists is a marble statue of George V which was originally placed close to the India Gate, and later moved to Coronation Park in the north of Delhi. You can still see the original plinth that the statue was placed on close to the India Gate; it looks rather odd without a statue on it.
The capital of the Raj throughout Victoria's reign was Calcutta. I've certainly seen marble statues of Queen Victoria in India (Bombay and Rajkot come to mind), and if you find one hidden away in Delhi somewhere, I'd be interested to hear about it.
Nov 1, 2012 2:35 AM
11No, I don't think, so I've just found a little more about it, it was paid for by James Skinner upon the death of Victoria and erected facing Chandni chowk in Ghantagar square (bell tower). It was replaced by a statue of of Swami Shraddhanand.
So now apparently this statue of Queen Victoria is in a park somewhere in Delhi.
Nov 1, 2012 3:01 AM
Nov 1, 2012 2:22 PM
13OK Mattyboy... let's try this one :-)
Statue of Queen Victoria
After the success of "Fishergirl", Turner secured commissions for three public monuments in bronze of Queen Victoria who died on the 22nd January 1901.
One was for Delhi and was unveiled by the Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab on 26 December 1902. Turner showed a bronze statuette of this work at the Royal Academy in 1903.
Sadly the crown and the small statuettes representing "Justice" and "Peace", which were positioned on either side of the Queen’s head were subsequently removed by vandals in 1905 when the statue was in India.
Today this statue is to be found at the College of Art, Tilak Marg, in Delhi.
Nov 1, 2012 2:58 PM
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