Year of creation:1854
- Rider(s):Victoria Queen
(1819–1901) succeeded William IV in 1837 as monarch of the UK and Ireland, and in 1876 also became empress of India. Her reign of 63 years and 7 months, longer than any other British monarch at the time, is known as the Victorian era. It was a period marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. She was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover.
In 1840, Queen Victoria married her cousin, Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819–1861), Their 9 children and 26 of their 42 grandchildren married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname ‘the grandmother of Europe’. Albert died at the early age of 42 in 1861, plunging Victoria into deep mourning, which lasted for the rest of her life.
- Sculptor(s):Marochetti, Carlo
As the creator of seven equestrian statues, Carlo Marochetti (1805–1867) was one of the most productive sculptors. He was born in Turin (Italy), brought up in Paris and studied in Rome. He remained in France until 1848, and then moved to London. Marochetti was not only a very productive artist, but also a gifted one. He created some marvellous equestrian statues.
There are two equestrian statues in the UK portraying Queen Victoria, both showing the young queen riding side saddle. Both statues form a group with an equestrian statue of Prince Albert.