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King William IV

London 1765 - Windsor 1837
King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover, 1830-1837
(Wikipedia)
Attributed to
William M. Gardner
1833

Cheltenham /  King William IV   Cheltenham /  King William IV

Description

Bath or Cotswold stone statue of King William IV, shown in Robes of the Order of the Garter, with one hand on alter with crown.

Inscription(s)

William iv. 1830-37.
erected by public subscription in 1833
to commemorate the coronation of
king william iv
moved from the original location in
imperial gardens to the present site in 1920

Annotation

The sculptor is probably Gardner.

In 1914, on the occasion of the unveiling of the Wilson statue in Cheltenham, the editor of the Cheltenham Looker-on looked for other sculptures:

Have you Noticed It? There is another Cheltenham statue that has occupied prominent position in what was once known the Imperial Gardens, and now as the Winter Gardens, since 1833. It will be news to most people that it represents William IV. and was erected in the year mentioned to commemorate the passing the Reform Bill. It has its career had an occasional coat of paint once it appeared in a coat of many colours, like Joseph's. I have reason to believe that it was for many years without a nose and that a one-time manager of the Winter Gardens modelled one of putty and glued it on, and it remains to this day.

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