Albert Memorial Architecture – London Hyde Park

Albert Memorial, Hyde Park London, Pictures, Architecture, Photos, Building, Location

Albert Memorial London : Hyde Park Architecture

Hyde Park Building in west London, England, UK – design by George Gilbert Scott, architect

12 Jul 2009

Albert Memorial

Location: northside of Kensington Gore, Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens, West London

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photos © Nick Weall

Date of consruction: 1872-76

Architect: George Gilbert Scott

Unveiled in 1872, The Albert Memorial commemorates the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 42.

Influenced by the series of 13th Century Eleanor Crosses (Charing Cross is a famous example) and other statues in Edinburgh and Manchester, the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens is one of the grandest high-Victorian gothic extravaganzas anywhere.

Officially titled the Prince Consort National Memorial, the design by architect George Gilbert Scott celebrates Victorian achievement and Prince Albert’s passions and interests.

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photos © Adrian Welch

The memorial shows Prince Albert holding the catalogue of the Great Exhibition, held in Hyde Park in 1851, which he inspired and helped to organise.

Marble figures representing Europe, Asia, Africa and America stand at each corner of the memorial, and higher up are further figures representing manufacture, commerce, agriculture and engineering. Yet further up, near the top, are gilded bronze statues of the angels and virtues.

All around the base of the memorial the Parnassus frieze depicts celebrated painters, poets sculptors, musicians and architects, reflecting Albert’s enthusiasm for the arts. There are 187 exquisitely carved figures in the frieze.

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photos © Adrian Welch

Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH

Phone: 020 7298 2000

George Gilbert Scott


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Adjacent structure to the Albert Memorial:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington
Royal Albert Hall building
photo © Adrian Welch

Building close by, to the south of Kensington Gore:
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
picture © adrian welch

Building close by, to the north, in Kensington Gardens:
Serpentine Pavilion

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Website: www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/kensington-gardens-attractions/the-albert-memorial