|Equstrian statue of Lord Cubbon., Bangalore Wikimapia|
|Equstrian statue of Lord Cubbon. equestrianstatue.org/|
Marochetti was not only a very imaginative and talented artist, but also a gifted one. He was the favourite of Queen Victoria, This bronze piece was shipped all the way from England. In fact, it was made with public donations from people of both Indian and England, and the highest donation of Rs. 10,000 came from Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar. The statue was unveiled in front of the Karnataka High Court (Atara Kutcheri), Bangalore in March 1866 by Lord Lewin Bowring.......................
A brief account of Lord Mark Cubbon:
|Lord Cubbon Commissioner,Coorg and Mysore 1834-1861wikipedia|
|Statue of Lord Cubbon, Bangalore.mpmurthy.wordpress.com|
Gov. Gen. William Bentnick put the kingdom under the direct control of the British company with a Resident Commissioner in 1834 and Lord Mark Cubbon moved in to take care of the job. He retained this office until 1860. He moved the capital from Mysore to Bangalore, helped reform the finances of Mysore, and created a peaceful and prosperous government. Literally Mark Cubbon was the ruler of Mysore kingdom and between 1831 and 1861, he vastly improved not only the law and order situation but also the finances of the kingdom to a great extent. He was the longest British Commissioner of Mysore and also had a lasting friendship with the Royal family of the Wodeyars of Mysore - more than 26 years. He introduced uniform code of laws cutting across castes, religion and creed, improved the salaries of the government workers and the roads of the kingdom. he built roads connecting Bangalore with many towns and cities. Due importance was given to Marathi and Kanada for administrative purpose. First railway line was laid between Jolarpet and Bangalore. With the laying of telegraphic lines, commerce and communication saw a remarkable development. The civic amenities of Bangalore city, under Cubbon's direction, developed by leaps and bound. The Raj Bhavan building was his creation and, earlier, it was his own residence which was later purchased by his successor Lord Bowring. The huge Cubbon Park and the Cubbon Road in Bangalore are the lasting memorials to this remarkable English gentleman.
of Lord Cubbon in Cubbon Park |
With his long selfless, effective and unbiased service in the kingdom of Mysore, he won the admiration of the natives and his seniors. After retirement he moved over to Madras. He was so so weak, he could not visit Bangalre, the city he loved very much. He boarded the ship at Madras for heading home.
He died on April 23 1861 at Suez en route to England due to poor health.