Sir George Don
Edinburgh 1756 - Gibraltar 1832
British Army military officer and colonial governor; his most important work was in military and defensive organisation against the threat of French invasion during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars; governor of Jersey, 1806-1814 and Gibraltar
A. Durenne (Paris)
Cast iron statue of General Don with a roll in his hands, on a high pedestal. On the sides of the pedestal are the figures of Ceres, the Greek goddess of agriculture as a symbol of prosperity Don brought to Jersey, and Mercury, the messenger of the gods, here depicted because Don's road-building programme enabled swifter travel throughout Jersey. Another interpretation of Mercury, because of the presence of the anchor and, arguably, the wave-like cornucopia on his side, is that he is intended to represent the sea, and thus Ceres the land. Ceres' pose is static - like the land, while that of Mercury is fluid and coiled yet langourous - like the sea.
(side figures) A Durenne | paris
GENERAL SIR GEORGE DON (1756-1832)
served in jersey 1792-1793, 1806-1809 and 1810-1814.
on 21st may, 1810, presented by the militia with
gold-hilted sword. now in edinburgh war museum.
left jersey in 1814 to become governor of gibraltar
died 1st january, 1832, and buried on site of
monument unveiled 29th october, 1885.
- Pierre Alfred Robinet (Paris 1811 - Paris 1878),
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Location (N 49°11'14" - W 2°6'37")
Item Code: je12; Photograph: 2 August 2015
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