|Queen Victoria statue, Bangalore West Sussex County Council|
Above image: Royal Sussex Regiment Collection
West Sussex Record Office. RSR 2/6th Battalion, Queen Victoria statue, Bangalore. 1916.
|Statue of Queen Victoria, Bangalore,en.wikipedia.org|
In the wake of Sepoy Mutiny of 1957, disgusted with East India company's oppressive rule that gave England a bad rap and made the native Indians furious, the British government took over the administration of the Indian subcontinent after the dissolution of the EIC. In 1877, the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, had proclaimed Queen Victoria as the Empress of India.
After the death of queen Victoria in January, 1901, to honor her, committees were set up in salute states to erect the statue of Victoria. In Bangalore, funds were collected under a Fund Committee and the ruler of Mysore donated BINR.15,000.00. Sir Thomas Brock, well-known sculptor who made the Victoria Memorial outside the Buckingham palace, was chosen to design the queen's statue in Bangalore. The13 feet tall pedestal is made of granite, while that of statue that is 11 feet tall is made of marble. The total cost incurred was BINR. 25,000.00. Inscription on the statue reads:
QUEEN OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND
EMPRESS OF INDIA
ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
The queen's statue that is very much similar to the ones at London, Hove, Carlisle, Belfast, Brisbane and Cape Town, was shipped from England and arrived in Bangalore in July 1905. Brock made a replica of the one he designed in 1890 for his hometown Worcester, England. Besides Bangalore, Brock also sculpted the Queen Victoria statues erected in Agra, Cawnpore and Lucknow. The statue in Bangalore is carrying a scepter and an orb with a cross. The Queen is wearing the customary Order of the Garter robes, which are decorated with tassels and roses.
The Queen's statue at Bangalore, Madras University, Chennai, King Edward VII Market,Vizagapatam and two statues at the Victoria Memorial, Calcutta are in their original place. Not yet removed and moved over to the museum.