Victoria Embankment Gardens (WC2)
Sir Wilfrid Lawson
Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 2nd Baronet, of Brayton
Brayton Hall, Aspatria, Cumberland 1829 - London 1906
English temperance campaigner and radical, anti-imperialist Liberal Party politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1859 and 1906. He was recognised as the leading humourist in the House of Commons
Bronze statue, representing Sir Wilfrid standing, bareheaded, left hand in coat pocket, notes in right hand. Around the stone pedestal originally were bronze allegorical figures of Temperance, Peace, Fortitude and Charity - these were stolen in 1979.
SIR WILFRID LAWSON, Bt.
of brayton, cumberland
born september 4, 1829
died july 1, 1906
member of parliament
for carlisle cockermouth
president of the
united kingdom alliance
a true patriot: a wise
and witty orator: a
valiant and far-seeing
he spent a long life
as the joyous champion
of righteousness peace
erected by his friends
and followers in
loving and grateful
remembrance of his
and of his pure and
july 20. 1909.
Unveiled 20 July 1909 by Prime Minister Hetbert Asquith.Signed:
- David McGill (Maybole, Ayreshire, c. 1864 - 1947),
Scottish sculptor and medallist
Sources & Information
- Wikipedia, List of public art in the City of Westminster.
- Bob Speel, London sculpture.
- George L. Gomme, Return of outdoor memorials in London (London: City Council, 1910) (through Internet Archive).
- John Blackwood, London's Immortals: The Complete Outdoor Commemorative Statues (London: Savoy, 1989), p. 210-211.
- Andrew Kershman, London's Monuments (London: Metro Publ., 2013), p. 130.
- Peter Matthews, London's Statues and Monuments (Botley: Shire, 2012), p. 53.
Location (N 51°30'32" - W 0°7'15")
Item Code: gblo098; Photograph: 5 August 2014
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