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The Statue

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (drawn)

  • Date:

    1866 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Griset, Ernest Henry, born 1843 - died 1907 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water-colour, pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by H.H.Harrod

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 63

Physical description

The drawing depicts a the statue of George I in Leicester Square wearing a large pointed cap, holding a broom and covered in painted black polka dots on the George I's horse. The horse is also depicted with pointed horns over its ears.

Place of Origin

London (drawn)


1866 (drawn)


Griset, Ernest Henry, born 1843 - died 1907 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Water-colour, pen and ink

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed 'The Statue' in Leicester Square, on Wednesday morning October 17 AD. 1866

Object history note

This is one of Griset's earliest surviving watercolours and depicts an incident reported in The Times on the 18th October 1866 of the vandalisation of the The Statue of King George the I in Leicester Square. Griset had witnessed the statue on his way to his bookshop in Leicester square on the 17th October 1866.

Descriptive line

Drawing, 'The statue' by Ernest Griset, 1866, London


Pen; Watercolour

Subjects depicted



Illustration; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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