Statue of Queen Victoria, Reading
The statue is carved from stone and stands atop a substantial plinth.
George Blackall Simonds (1843–1929) was a Reading sculptor and director of H & G Simonds Brewery. He exhibited consistently at the Royal Academy. Simonds studied under Johannes Schilling in Dresden, and Louis Jehotte at The Academy of Brussels. He created over 200 pieces in many different media.
While The Falconer (1873) is in Central Park, New York, much of his larger work is to be found in or near Reading. Substantial pieces were also commissioned for Indian locations, Allahabad and Calcutta.
The Maiwand Lion (1866) in the Forbury Gardens is his, the Statue of George Palmer, now in Palmer Park and that of H. Blandy, another mayor of Reading. In 1922 he designed the war memorial at Bradfield, Berkshire, which commemorates the deaths in the First World War of those of the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, including his son.
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