List of public art in Kensington and Chelsea

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This is a list of public art in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Belgravia[edit]

Part of Belgravia lies outside Kensington and Chelsea; for works not listed here see the List of public art in the City of Westminster
Image Title / individual commemorated Type Location Date Sculptor Architect / Designer Notes Source
Statue in Pont Street - geograph.org.uk - 1089346.jpg The Jeeves Ladies Sculptural group Outside Jeeves shop, Pont Street 1974 Kate McGill
Based on the logo, depicting two gossiping Edwardian ladies out shopping, designed by Derrick Holmes for the dry cleaning firm Jeeves of Belgravia. Holmes also produced the maquette for the sculpture.[1]

Brompton[edit]

Image Title / subject Type Location and
co-ordinates
Date Artist Architect Notes Designation
Newman Monument 2.jpg Cardinal John Henry Newman Statue under canopy Brompton Oratory

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1895 Léon-Joseph Chavalliaud Unveiled 15 June 1896. Architects: G. F. Bodley and Thomas Garner.[2] Grade II-listed

Chelsea[edit]

Image Title / subject Type Location and
co-ordinates
Date Artist Architect Notes Designation
Rhc-charles2.jpg Charles II Statue Royal Hospital, Figure Court

51°29′14″N 0°09′28″W / 51.4871°N 0.1577°W / 51.4871; -0.1577 (Charles II)
1676 Grinling Gibbons Commissioned by the royal servant Tobias Rustat, presented to the King in 1682 and installed in the Royal Hospital in 1692. Gilding removed 1782 and restored 2002.[3] Grade I-listed
Millar Obelisk Obelisk King's Road, Dovehouse Green

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1751
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Chillianwallah Memorial Obelisk Royal Hospital, South Grounds

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1853 Charles Robert Cockerell [5] Grade II-listed
Memorial To Sir Herbert Stewart-Detail.jpg Sir Herbert Stewart Memorial Fountain Drinking fountain with relief sculpture Hans Place

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late 19th century Joseph Whitehead and Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm (medallion) Erected by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association. Stewart lived nearby at 40 Cadogan Place.[6]
Chelsea War Memorial Cross Sloane Square

51°29′33″N 0°09′25″W / 51.4926°N 0.1570°W / 51.4926; -0.1570 (Chelsea War Memorial)
1920 Sir Reginald Blomfield Unveiled 24 October 1920. Follows Blomfield’s Cross of Sacrifice design.[7] Grade II-listed
Wellington Square, Chelsea, London - geograph.org.uk - 3722.jpg Fountain Fountain with sculpture Wellington Square

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1926
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Statue in Sloane Square - geograph.org.uk - 465686.jpg Venus Fountain Fountain with sculpture Sloane Square

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1953 Gilbert Ledward Unveiled 26 October 1953. Architect: Sir Charles Maufe.[9] Grade II-listed
Girl with Doves, Cadogan Square, Chelsea.jpg Girl with Doves Statue Cadogan Square

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1970 David Wynne
The Dancers, Cadogan Square, Chelsea.jpg The Dancers Sculptural group Cadogan Square

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1971 David Wynne [10]
Dancer with Bird Statue Cadogan Square

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1974 David Wynne [10]
Young Girl Statue Sloane Gardens

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1980 Karin Jonzen [11]
Royal Hospital Chelsea, the North Front - geograph.org.uk - 465759.jpg The In-Pensioner Statue Royal Hospital, North Front

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2000 Philip Jackson Unveiled 4 May 2000.[12]
Thinking girl, Duke of York Square SW1.jpg My Children Sculptures Duke of York Square

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2002 Allister Bowtell (sculptures), Richard Kindersley (pedestal) The two sculptures represent children from the Royal Military Asylum formerly in the square.[13]
Hans Sloane statue.jpg Sir Hans Sloane Statue Duke of York Square

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2005 Simon Smith after John Michael Rysbrack [14]
Chelsea Arts Club - dazzle.jpg Chelsea Arts Club frontages Murals 143 Old Church Street, London, SW3 6EB

51°29′17″N 0°10′29″W / 51.48806°N 0.17472°W / 51.48806; -0.17472
various various [15][16][17]
Image Title / individual commemorated Type Location Date Sculptor Architect / Designer Notes Source
Nell Gwyn Nell Gwynn House, Sloane Avenue [1]
Woman and 4 horses Pizza Express, King's Road

Chelsea Embankment[edit]

Image Title / subject Type Location and
co-ordinates
Date Artist Architect Notes Designation
Drinking fountain chelsea embankment 1.jpg Memorial to George Sparks Drinking fountain Chelsea Embankment, outside Chelsea Old Church

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1880 Charles Barry, Jr. [18]
Statue Of Thomas Carlyle-Chelsea.JPG Thomas Carlyle Statue Chelsea Embankment Gardens, west of Oakley Street

51°29′00″N 0°10′09″W / 51.4832°N 0.1691°W / 51.4832; -0.1691 (Thomas Carlyle)
1882 Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm [19] Grade II-listed
Drinking fountain chelsea embankment 2.jpg Memorial to Dante Gabriel Rossetti Drinking fountain with bust Chelsea Embankment Gardens, outside 16 Cheyne Walk (Rossetti's house)

51°29′01″N 0°09′57″W / 51.4837°N 0.1658°W / 51.4837; -0.1658 (Dante Gabriel Rossetti Memorial)
1887 Ford Madox Brown Unveiled 14 July 1887 by William Holman Hunt. Architect: John Pollard Seddon, in whose cottage in Bridlington Rossetti died in 1882.[20] Grade II-listed
Carabiniers Boer War Memorial-Chelsea.JPG Carabiniers Boer War Memorial Screen with relief panels Built into the railings of Ranelagh Gardens, opposite Chelsea Bridge

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1905 Adrian Jones [21]
Sculpture Of Atlanta-Chelsea.JPG Atalanta Statue Near Albert Bridge

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1907 Francis Derwent Wood Installed on this site in 1929.[22] Grade II
Statue by Chelsea Old Church - geograph.org.uk - 493690.jpg Awakening Statue Roper’s Gardens

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1915 Gilbert Ledward Installed on this site in 1965.[23]
Untitled bas relief Bas relief Roper’s Gardens

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1950 Sir Jacob Epstein Unveiled 3 June 1972.[24]
Chelsea thomas more statue 1.jpg Sir Thomas More Statue Outside Chelsea Old Church, Cheyne Walk

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1968 Leslie Cubitt Bevis Unveiled 21 July 1969.[25]
Chelsea embankment memorial 1.jpg The Boy David Statuette on column Chelsea Embankment Gardens, east of Oakley Street

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1971 Edward Bainbridge Copnall after Francis Derwent Wood Unveiled 8 May 1971. Previously Wood's half-size model of the figure for his Machine Gun Corps Memorial stood here; this was stolen in 1969.[26]
Sculpture Of Boy With A Dolphin-Chelsea.JPG Boy with a Dolphin Sculptural group Cheyne Walk, corner of Oakley Street

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1974 David Wynne Unveiled 13 October 1975.[27]
Sir Hans Sloane Statue Chelsea Physic Garden

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1983 After John Michael Rysbrack Replica of Rysbrack’s original of 1733, installed here in 1737 and moved to the British Museum in 1983.[28]
Statue Of Whistler-Chelsea.JPG James Abbott McNeill Whistler Statue Whistler’s Reach, near Battersea Bridge

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2003 Nicholas Dimbleby Unveiled 15 September 2005.[29]

Kensington[edit]

Image Title / individual commemorated Type Location Date Sculptor Architect / Designer Notes Source
Statue of Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland 1.jpg Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland Statue Holland Park 1872 George Frederick Watts and Sir Joseph Boehm Unveiled 1926 [2]
Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala Equestrian statue Queen's Gate

51°30′05″N 0°10′49″W / 51.5013°N 0.1803°W / 51.5013; -0.1803 (Lord Napier of Magdala)

1891 Sir Joseph Boehm Originally stood in Waterloo Place, Westminster; moved to its current site in 1921. A replica of the statue to Napier in Kolkata. The boundary line with the City of Westminster bisects this statue. [30]
Queen Victoria statue, Kensington Palace.jpg Queen Victoria Statue Kensington Palace 1893 Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll
William III of Orange statue, Kensington Palace - DSCF0293.JPG William III Statue Kensington Palace 1907 H. Bancke Sir Aston Webb [3]
ImperialCollegeLondon.jpg Alfred Beit Bust Royal School of Mines, Kensington 1910 Paul Raphael Montford [31]
ImperialCollegeLondon.jpg Julius Wernher Bust Royal School of Mines, Kensington 1910 Paul Raphael Montford [31]
Kensington War Memorial.JPG Kensington War Memorial Memorial Kensington Church Street, southern end 1922 (unveiled) F. W. Pomeroy Major Hubert C. Cortette Unveiled 1 July 1922 by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll. [32]
Shackleton.jpg Ernest Shackleton Statue Royal Geographical Society buildings, Exhibition Road side 1927–32

unveiled 1932

Charles Sargeant Jagger [33]
KensingtonGardens-ElfinOak.jpg Elfin Oak Sculptures Kensington Gardens 1930 Ivor Innes
Baden Powell South Kensington.JPG Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell Statue Queen's Gate 1961 Donald Potter
Statue of St Volodymyr 1.jpg Volodymyr the Great Statue Holland Park Ave 1988 Leonard Moll
David Livingstone Royal Geographical Society buildings, Kensington Gore side
The Royal Geographical Society, Kensington.jpg Sir Clements Markham Bust Royal Geographical Society, Kensington
Twelve Faces of Man Thurloe Place
Béla Bartók Statue South Kensington Tube Station (currently relocated) Imre Varga

South Kensington[edit]

Image Title / individual commemorated Type Location Date Sculptor Architect / Designer Notes Listing
Memorial to victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Memorial Darwin Centre courtyard, Natural History Museum 2011
Carmody Groarke Architects Unveiled 6 July 2011 by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.[34] 4.1m³ of granite with one corner cut away, the largest single block of stone to be transported in Great Britain since the building of Stonehenge. Michael Holland, the memorial's principal organiser, lost his mother, wife and daughter in the tsunami.[35]
Bronze statue of Alfred Russel Wallace.jpg Alfred Russel Wallace Statue Outside the Darwin Centre 2 building, near the wildlife garden, Natural History Museum 2013 Anthony Smith
Unveiled 7 November 2013, the centenary of Wallace’s death, by Sir David Attenborough. The statue depicts Wallace at the moment of his discovery of the golden birdwing butterfly in the Bacan islands of Indonesia.[36]

Victoria and Albert Museum[edit]

Main entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum, photographed in about 1960
Detail of two of Alfred Drury’s relief panels above the main portal. The full inscription is taken from Joshua Reynolds’s Discourses: “The excellence of every art must consist in the complete accomplishment of its purpose”.
Statue of William Morris by Arthur George Walker on the Exhibition Road façade
Subject Notes Type Location Date Sculptor Architect Source
Queen Victoria
Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Alfred Drury Aston Webb [37]
Albert, Prince Consort
Statue Cromwell Road façade 1905 Alfred Drury Aston Webb [37]
St George
Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Alfred Drury Aston Webb [37]
St Michael
Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Alfred Drury Aston Webb [37]
9 allegorical figures
Relief panels Cromwell Road façade 1905 Alfred Drury Aston Webb [37]
Inspiration and Knowledge
Statues in niches Cromwell Road façade 1905 Alfred Drury Aston Webb [37]
Truth and Beauty
Reliefs in spandrels Cromwell Road façade 1905 Sir George Frampton Aston Webb [37]
Edward VII
Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Sir William Goscombe John Aston Webb [37]
Alexandra of Denmark
Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Sir William Goscombe John Aston Webb [37]
Grinling Gibbons Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 William Silver Frith Aston Webb [38]
John Bacon Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 William Silver Frith Aston Webb [39]
John Flaxman Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Bertram Pegram Aston Webb [40]
Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Bertram Pegram Aston Webb [41]
John Henry Foley Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 James Gamble Aston Webb [37]
Alfred Stevens Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 James Gamble Aston Webb [42]
William Hogarth Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Reuben Sheppard Aston Webb [43]
Sir Joshua Reynolds Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Reuben Sheppard Aston Webb [44]
Thomas Gainsborough Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Stanley Nicholson Babb Aston Webb [45]
George Romney Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Stanley Nicholson Babb Aston Webb [46]
Richard Cosway Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Ernest Gillick Aston Webb [47]
J. M. W. Turner Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Ernest Gillick Aston Webb [48]
John Constable Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Vincent Hill Aston Webb [49]
George Frederic Watts Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Richard Reginald Goulden Aston Webb [50]
Frederic, Lord Leighton Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Gilbert Bayes Aston Webb [51]
Sir John Everett Millais Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 James Stevenson (“Myrander”) Aston Webb [37]
William of Wykeham Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 J. Wenlock Rollins Aston Webb [52]
John Thorpe Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 J. Wenlock Rollins Aston Webb [42]
Inigo Jones Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Oliver Wheatley Aston Webb [37]
Sir Christopher Wren Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Oliver Wheatley Aston Webb [53]
Sir William Chambers Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Gilbert Bayes Aston Webb [54]
Sir Charles Barry Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Gilbert Bayes Aston Webb [55]
St Dunstan Craftsman Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Frank Lynn Jenkins Aston Webb [37]
William Torell Metalworker Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Frank Lynn Jenkins Aston Webb [37]
William Caxton Printer Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Paul Raphael Montford Aston Webb [37]
George Heriot Goldsmith Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Paul Raphael Montford Aston Webb [37]
Huntingdon Shaw Smith Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Abraham Broadbent Aston Webb [37]
Thomas Tompion Clockmaker Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Abraham Broadbent Aston Webb [37]
Thomas Chippendale Furniture maker Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Albert Hodge Aston Webb [37]
Josiah Wedgwood Potter Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Albert Hodge Aston Webb [37]
Roger Payne Bookbinder Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Arthur George Walker Aston Webb [37]
William Morris Textile designer Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Arthur George Walker Aston Webb [37]

Knightsbridge[edit]

Image Title / subject Type Location and
co-ordinates
Date Artist Architect Notes Designation
Memorial to the victims of the 1983 Harrod’s bombing Stele and plaque Harrod’s

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1985 George Cook The memorial to the police officers killed erected by the Police Memorial Trust, that of the civilians killed by the borough council.[56]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Cardinal Newman, Statue, Brompton Oratory Complex". National Recording Project. PMSA. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 18
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  41. ^ "Statue [of Francis Chantrey]". Art and Architecture. Courtauld Institute of Art. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
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  43. ^ "Statue [of William Hogarth]". Art and Architecture. Courtauld Institute of Art. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  44. ^ "Statue [of Joshua Reynolds]". Art and Architecture. Courtauld Institute of Art. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  45. ^ "Statue [of Thomas Gainsborough]". Art and Architecture. Courtauld Institute of Art. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  46. ^ "Statue [of George Romney]". Art and Architecture. Courtauld Institute of Art. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  47. ^ "Statue [of Richard Cosway]". Art and Architecture. Courtauld Institute of Art. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
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Bibliography[edit]

  • Nolan, David; Starren, Caroline (2012). On Public View: A journey around the sculpture of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sculptures in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea at Wikimedia Commons