George Square, Glasgow’s central public square, is home to two royal horse statues, the riders being Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Both are by Baron Carlo Marochetti, a Turin-born sculptor brought up in Paris as a French citizen. He fled Paris along with King Louis-Philippe in 1848 and lived in London thereafter. His Queen Victoria statue was erected in Glasgow in 1854 and Prince Albert in 1866.
Not far away, in Royal Exchange Square is another of his statues, this time the Duke of Wellington on horseback, erected 1844.
Other famous statues by Marochetti include the Duke of Savoy in Turin and Richard the Lionheart, a replica of which stands outside Westminster Cathedral in London. In addition, he collaborated with Edwin Landseer on the production of the lions around the base of Nelson’s column in Trafalgar Square.
Posted as part of the Next Challenge: Horses.