List of public art in Kensington

This is a list of public art in Kensington, a district in the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London.

City of Westminster

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DateArtist / designerArchitect / other Type Designation Notes

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Memorial to the Great Exhibition Kensington Gore

51°30′01″N 0°10′38″W
1863Joseph DurhamSydney Smirke Statue with other sculpture Grade II Erected in June 1863 in the gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society in South Kensington. Moved to its present site in the early 1890s.[1] Another cast of the statue of Prince Albert is in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey.[2]

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Statue of Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala Queen's Gate

51°30′05″N 0°10′49″W
1891Joseph Edgar BoehmN/A Equestrian statue Grade II Originally stood in Waterloo Place; moved to its current site in 1921. A replica of the statue to Napier in Kolkata. The boundary line with Kensington and Chelsea bisects the length of this statue.[3] In 2004 the artist Eleonora Aguiari wrapped the statue in bright red tape as a comment on Britain's imperialist past.[4]
Mosaic Royal Albert Hall, South Porch

51°30′02″N 0°10′38″W
2003Shelagh Wakely (made by Trevor Caley)Building Design Partnership (South Porch) Mosaic N/A Installed on the pediment of the Building Design Partnership's new South Porch of 2003,[5] the 60,000-piece mosaic is inspired by chaos theory[6] and by the existing, Victorian frieze on the Albert Hall's façade.[7]
Balustrade Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road

51°30′04″N 0°10′29″W
2004Eleanor LongCraig Downie Glass balustrade N/A Images of contours, maps and landscapes are etched into the glass panels.[8][9]
Velocity Wave[8] Imperial College Sports Centre, Prince's Gardens

51°30′00″N 0°10′24″W
2004–2006Pat KaufmanArup Associates Glass balustrade N/A The artist consulted scientists at Imperial College researching into the velocity wave patterns of different sporting activities. These patterns were etched into the glass panes at the entrance ramps and stairs to the sports centre, and infilled with resin and gold leaf. The balustrade is lit at night by white LED lights.[10]

Royal Albert Hall frieze

The exterior of the Royal Albert Hall (built in 1867–1871 to the designs of Francis Fowke and Henry Young Darracott Scott) is embellished with a mosaic frieze composed of sixteen separate designs by multiple artists. This was assembled from 800 slabs prepared by attendees of the South Kensington Museum's mosaic class; the terracotta was manufactured by Minton, Hollins and Company. The designs are listed below in anti-clockwise order from the north.[11]

# Subject Artist Designation
1 Various Countries of the World bringing in their Offerings
to the Exhibition of 1851
Edward Poynter Grade I
2 Music Frederick Richard Pickersgill
3 Sculpture Frederick Richard Pickersgill
4 Painting Frederick Richard Pickersgill
5 Princes, Art Patrons and Artists Edward Armitage
6 Workers in Stone William Frederick Yeames
7 Workers in Wood and Brick William Frederick Yeames
8 Architecture William Frederick Yeames
9 The Infancy of the Arts and Sciences Frederick Richard Pickersgill
10 Agriculture Henry Stacy Marks
11 Horticulture and Land Surveying Henry Stacy Marks
12 Astronomy and Navigation Henry Stacy Marks
13 A Group of Philosophers, Sages and Students Edward Armitage
14 Engineering John Callcott Horsley
15 The Mechanical Powers Henry Hugh Armstead
16 Pottery and Glassmaking Frederick Richard Pickersgill

Royal Geographical Society

Image Title / subject Location and
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DateArtist / designerArchitect / other Type Designation Notes
Bust of Clements Markham Courtyard 1921F. W. Pomeroy Bust Grade II* [12]

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Statue of Ernest Shackleton Exhibition Road façade

51.5015°N 0.17479°W / 51.5015; -0.17479 (Statue of Ernest Shackleton)
1927–1932Charles Sargeant Jagger Statue in niche Grade II* [13][14]

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Statue of David Livingstone Kensington Gore façade

51.50161°N 0.17498°W / 51.50161; -0.17498 (Statue of David Livingston)
1953T. B. Huxley-Jones Statue in niche Grade II* [14]

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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DateArtist / designerArchitect / other Type Designation Notes

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Statue of Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland Holland Park 1872George Frederic Watts and Joseph Edgar BoehmN/A Statue Grade II Unveiled 1926.[15]

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Statue of Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala Queen's Gate

51.5013°N 0.1803°W / 51.5013; -0.1803 (Statue of Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala)
1891Joseph Edgar BoehmN/A Equestrian statue Grade II Originally stood in Waterloo Place; 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 the length of this statue.[16] In 2004 the artist Eleonora Aguiari wrapped the statue in bright red tape as a comment on Britain's imperialist past.[17]
Queen Victoria Monument Warwick Gardens

51.496871°N 0.204195°W / 51.496871; -0.204195 (Queen Victoria Monument)
1904N/AH. L. Florence Commemorative column Grade II [18]
Bust of Alfred Beit Royal School of Mines 1910Paul Raphael MontfordAston Webb Bust Grade II [19]
Bust of Julius Wernher Royal School of Mines 1910Paul Raphael MontfordAston Webb Bust Grade II [19]

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Kensington War Memorial Kensington Church Street, southern end 1922F. W. PomeroyMajor Hubert C. Corlette War memorial Grade II Unveiled 1 July 1922 by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll.[20]
Statue of lion with Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom Outside Kensington Central Library, facing Phillimore Walk 1960William McMillanE. Vincent Harris Architectural sculpture Grade II*
Statue of unicorn with Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom Outside Kensington Central Library, facing Phillimore Walk 1960William McMillanE. Vincent Harris Architectural sculpture Grade II*
Statue of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell Queen's Gate 1961Don Potter Statue N/A Unveiled in 1961 by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, who was President of the Scout Association.[21] A preparatory model is in the collection of the Scouts Heritage Service in Gilwell Park, Essex.[22]

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Yalta Memorial (Twelve Responses to Tragedy) Yalta Memorial Garden, Cromwell Road 1986Angela Conner N/A Replaced original version of 1981, destroyed by vandals in 1982.

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Head of Invention Outside the Design Museum 1989Eduardo PaolozziN/A Sculpture N/A

North Kensington and Notting Hill

Image Title / subject Location and
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DateArtist / designerArchitect / other Type Designation Notes
Coat of arms of the National Bank Limited (Azure a harp Or within an orle of bezants) Pembridge Gardens, on side of Royal Bank of Scotland, Notting Hill Gate 1950s? Architectural sculpture (relief) The National Bank was based in Ireland, and had a branch here. Its British operations were eventually acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1985.[23]

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Statue of Saint Volodymyr Holland Park Avenue

51.5074°N 0.2041°W / 51.5074; -0.2041 (Statue of Saint Volodymyr)
1988Leo MolN/A Statue N/A Unveiled 29 May 1988. Commemorates the 1,000th anniversary of the Christianisation of Kievan Rus'. Later in 1988, another statue of the saint by the same sculptor was erected in Rome.[24]
The Climber On roof of 43–45 Notting Hill Gate 2000Peter Logan Kinetic architectural sculpture N/A All the moving parts of the sculpture had to be removed in 2013 after a piece collapsed and fell onto the pavement on 22 June that year.[25][26]
Carnival Elephant Outside Waterstone's, Notting Hill Gate 2003Nadim Karam Sculpture N/A [26]
Two Carnival Figures On roof of Waterstone's, Notting Hill Gate 2003Nadim Karam Architectural sculptures N/A [26]
Mosaic of Saint Sava Façade of St Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church, Notting Hill c.1952 Mosaic N/A [27]

South Kensington

Image Title / subject Location and
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DateArtist / designerArchitect / other Type Designation Notes
Memorial to victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Darwin Centre courtyard, Natural History Museum 2011N/ACarmody Groarke Architects Memorial N/A Unveiled 6 July 2011 by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.[28] 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 to the tsunami.[29]

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Statue of Alfred Russel Wallace Outside the Darwin Centre 2 building, near the wildlife garden, Natural History Museum 2013Anthony SmithN/A Statue N/A Unveiled 7 November 2013, the centenary of Wallace’s death, by David Attenborough. The statue depicts Wallace at the moment of his discovery of the golden birdwing butterfly in the Bacan Islands of Indonesia.[30]
Statue of Béla Bartók South Kensington tube station 2004Imre Varga Statue N/A [31]

Victoria and Albert Museum

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 [32]
Albert, Prince Consort
Statue Cromwell Road façade 1905 Alfred Drury Aston Webb [32]
Saint George
Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Alfred Drury Aston Webb [32]
Saint Michael
Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Alfred Drury Aston Webb [32]
9 allegorical figures
Relief panels Cromwell Road façade 1905 Alfred Drury Aston Webb [32]
Inspiration and Knowledge
Statues in niches Cromwell Road façade 1905 Alfred Drury Aston Webb [32]
Truth and Beauty
Reliefs in spandrels Cromwell Road façade 1905 George Frampton Aston Webb [32]
Edward VII
Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 William Goscombe John Aston Webb [32]
Alexandra of Denmark
Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 William Goscombe John Aston Webb [32]
Grinling Gibbons Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 William Silver Frith Aston Webb [33]
John Bacon Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 William Silver Frith Aston Webb [34]
John Flaxman Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Bertram Pegram Aston Webb [35]
Francis Leggatt Chantrey Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Bertram Pegram Aston Webb [36]
John Henry Foley Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 James Gamble Aston Webb [32]
Alfred Stevens Sculptor Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 James Gamble Aston Webb [37]
William Hogarth Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Reuben Sheppard Aston Webb [38]
Joshua Reynolds Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Reuben Sheppard Aston Webb [39]
Thomas Gainsborough Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Stanley Nicholson Babb Aston Webb [40]
George Romney Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Stanley Nicholson Babb Aston Webb [41]
Richard Cosway Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Ernest Gillick Aston Webb [42]
J. M. W. Turner Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Ernest Gillick Aston Webb [43]
John Constable Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Vincent Hill Aston Webb [44]
George Frederic Watts Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Richard Reginald Goulden Aston Webb [45]
Frederic, Lord Leighton Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Gilbert Bayes Aston Webb [46]
John Everett Millais Painter Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 James Stevenson (“Myrander”) Aston Webb [32]
William of Wykeham Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 J. Wenlock Rollins Aston Webb [47]
John Thorpe Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 J. Wenlock Rollins Aston Webb [37]
Inigo Jones Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Oliver Wheatley Aston Webb [32]
Christopher Wren Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Oliver Wheatley Aston Webb [48]
William Chambers Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Gilbert Bayes Aston Webb [49]
Charles Barry Architect Statue in niche Cromwell Road façade 1905 Gilbert Bayes Aston Webb [50]
Saint Dunstan Craftsman Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Frank Lynn Jenkins Aston Webb [32]
William Torell Metalworker Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Frank Lynn Jenkins Aston Webb [32]
William Caxton Printer Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Paul Raphael Montford Aston Webb [32]
George Heriot Goldsmith Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Paul Raphael Montford Aston Webb [32]
Huntingdon Shaw Smith Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Abraham Broadbent Aston Webb [32]
Thomas Tompion Clockmaker Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Abraham Broadbent Aston Webb [32]
Thomas Chippendale Furniture maker Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Albert Hodge Aston Webb [32]
Josiah Wedgwood Potter Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Albert Hodge Aston Webb [32]
Roger Payne Bookbinder Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Arthur George Walker Aston Webb [32]
William Morris Textile designer Statue in niche Exhibition Road façade 1905 Arthur George Walker Aston Webb [32]

See also

References

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