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Statue of George I outside The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

This is the The Barber Institute of Fine Arts building on the University of Birmingham main campus.


To get this statue, I had to walk into the snowy grass around it (so I left my footprints).


It reminds me of the statue of George IV in Trafalgar Square, its pose is also like the nearby statue of Charles I (south of Nelson's Column).


The statue of George I was commissioned by the city of Dublin in 1717. This was to display loyalty to the crown in the face of unrest from Catholic supporters of James Stuart, the 'Young Pretender' (son of the exiled James II) who had inspired a unsuccessful revolt against George I two years earlier. - note I think my book means the 'Old Pretender' - the 'Young Pretender' was his son Bonnie Prince Charlie.


(back to book info)

The Statue was by the Dutch sculpter John van Nost the Elder, although it was probably finished by his assistants after his death. It was unveiled in Dublin in 1722.


It was brought by Thomas Bodkin, first director of the Barber Institute in 1937, and brought to its present location.


(above info from "Walks through history: Birmingham" - by John Wilks)


It is a Grade II listed statue.


Bronze equestrian statue of King George I attributed to J van Ost (Nost) the

Elder. Originally placed on Essex (now Grattan) Bridge, Dublin, in 1722.


Statue of George I - Heritage Gateway

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Taken on December 22, 2009