Saturday, 21 April 2018

Equstrian statue of Lord Mark Cubbon. Bangalore - the man who loved the city!!

Equstrian statue of Lord Cubbon., Bangalore Wikimapia
Equstrian statue of Lord Cubbon. equestrianstatue.org/
 Above images: My admiration for equestrian statues  has no bounds and they never fail to gain my attention.  Statues of any kind are  one way of preserving memories for posterity.  Lord Cubbon's statue in Bangalore city (in front of Karnataka Court) , Karnataka is a beautiful one and was created in 1866 by the famous sculptor Carlo Marochetti.  As the creator of seven equestrian statues, he made some marvellous equestrian statues. Carlo Marochetti (1805–1867) was one of the most productive sculptors of his time. He was born in Turin (Italy), brought up in Paris and studied in Rome. He remained in France until 1848, and then moved over to London where he had stayed for a long time. 
 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
Lieutenant-General Sir Mark Cubbon KCB (23 August 1775 – 23 April 1861)  was a British army officer and administrator of exceptional ability with the East India Company  and later worked for the British Crown during the transitional period.  The Mysore kingdom came under the royal family of Mysore  after the defeat of Tipu Sultan in 1799. In the early 1800s  because of chaotic governance of revenue department, etc.,  by the Mysore  Wodeyar family (Krishna Raja Wodeyar III happened to be a minor),  there was  a big uprising (1831) against the misrule.
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.
Sir Mark Cubbon
Statue of Lord Cubbon in Cubbon Park
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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.


http://equestrianstatue.org/cubbon-mark/

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/like-any-other-city-bangalore-too-has-its-share-of-statues-with-a-history/article6405326.ece