List of public art in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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


See the list of public art in Belgravia.


Image Title / subject Location and
DateArtist / designer TypeMaterial Designation Notes

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Statue of Cardinal John Henry Newman Brompton Oratory 1895Léon-Joseph Chavalliaud Statue under canopyCampanella marble and Portland stone Grade II-listed Unveiled 15 June 1896. Architects: G. F. Bodley and Thomas Garner.[1]


Image Title / subject Location and
DateArtist / designer TypeMaterial Designation Notes

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Charles II Royal Hospital, Figure Court

51.4871°N 0.1577°W / 51.4871; -0.1577 (Charles II)
1676Grinling Gibbons StatueGilt bronze Grade I-listed 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.[2]
Millar Obelisk King's Road, Dovehouse Green 1751
Chillianwallah Memorial Royal Hospital, South Grounds 1853Charles Robert Cockerell Obelisk Grade II-listed [4]
Sir Herbert Stewart Memorial Fountain Hans Place late 19th centuryJoseph Whitehead and Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm (medallion) Drinking fountain with relief sculpture
Erected by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association. Stewart lived nearby at 40 Cadogan Place.[5]

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Chelsea War Memorial Sloane Square

51.4926°N 0.1570°W / 51.4926; -0.1570 (Chelsea War Memorial)
1920Reginald Blomfield Cross Grade II-listed Unveiled 24 October 1920. Follows Blomfield’s Cross of Sacrifice design.[6]
Fountain Wellington Square 1926
Fountain with sculpture

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Venus Fountain Sloane Square 1953Gilbert Ledward Fountain with sculptureBronze Grade II-listed Unveiled 26 October 1953. Architect: Sir Charles Maufe.[8]
Girl with Doves Cadogan Square 1970David Wynne StatueBronze
The Dancers Cadogan Square 1971David Wynne Sculptural groupBronze
Dancer with Bird Cadogan Square 1974David Wynne StatueBronze
Young Girl Sloane Gardens 1980Karin Jonzen StatueBronze
The In-Pensioner Royal Hospital, North Front 2000Philip Jackson StatueBronze
Unveiled 4 May 2000.[11]
My Children Duke of York Square 2002Allister Bowtell (sculptures), Richard Kindersley (pedestal) SculpturesBronze
The two sculptures represent children from the Royal Military Asylum formerly in the square.[12]

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Sir Hans Sloane Duke of York Square 2005Simon Smith after John Michael Rysbrack Statue
Chelsea Arts Club frontages 143 Old Church Street, London, SW3 6EB

51°29′17″N 0°10′29″W
variousvarious Murals
Nell Gwyn Nell Gwyn House, Sloane Avenue Architectural sculpture
Two women, a warrior over a chariot and horses, two eagles and two caryatids The Pheasantry, King's Road 1881Amédée Joubert Architectural sculptures Grade II-listed [18]
William Friese Greene King's Road, outside No. 208 Architectural sculpture (relief)
Christ, the Apostles, bishop, king and an angel with the Shield of the Trinity Over entrance to Holy Trinity, Sloane Street 1890John Dando Sedding Architectural sculpture (relief) Grade I-listed

Chelsea Embankment

Image Title / subject Location and
DateArtist / designer TypeMaterial Designation Notes
Memorial to George Sparks Chelsea Embankment, outside Chelsea Old Church 1880Charles Barry, Jr. Drinking fountain [20]

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Thomas Carlyle Chelsea Embankment Gardens, west of Oakley Street

51.4832°N 0.1691°W / 51.4832; -0.1691 (Thomas Carlyle)
1882Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm StatueBronze statue on red granite pedestal Grade II-listed [21]

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Memorial to Dante Gabriel Rossetti Chelsea Embankment Gardens, outside 16 Cheyne Walk (Rossetti's house)

51.4837°N 0.1658°W / 51.4837; -0.1658 (Dante Gabriel Rossetti Memorial)
1887Ford Madox Brown Drinking fountain with bustGrey granite and bronze Grade II-listed Unveiled 14 July 1887 by William Holman Hunt. Architect: John Pollard Seddon, in whose cottage in Bridlington Rossetti died in 1882.[22]

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Carabiniers Boer War Memorial Built into the railings of Ranelagh Gardens, opposite Chelsea Bridge 1905Adrian Jones Screen with relief panelsRed brick, Portland stone and bronze [23]
Awakening Roper’s Gardens 1915Gilbert Ledward StatueBronze Installed on this site in 1965.[24]

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Atalanta Near Albert Bridge 1929Francis Derwent Wood StatueBronze Grade II Based on a plaster sculpture of 1907 and marble of 1909; bronze installed on this site in 1929.[25]
Untitled bas relief Roper’s Gardens 1950Sir Jacob Epstein Bas reliefPortland stone Unveiled 3 June 1972.[26]
Sir Thomas More Outside Chelsea Old Church, Cheyne Walk 1968Leslie Cubitt Bevis Statue Unveiled 21 July 1969.[27]

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The Boy David Chelsea Embankment Gardens, east of Oakley Street 1971Edward Bainbridge Copnall after Francis Derwent Wood Statuette on columnFibreglass statuette on a pink granite column 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.[28]

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Boy with a Dolphin Cheyne Walk, corner of Oakley Street 1974David Wynne Sculptural groupBronze Unveiled 13 October 1975.[29]
Sir Hans Sloane Chelsea Physic Garden 1983After John Michael Rysbrack Statue Replica of Rysbrack’s original of 1733, installed here in 1737 and moved to the British Museum in 1983.[30]
James Abbott McNeill Whistler Whistler's Reach, near Battersea Bridge 2003Nicholas Dimbleby StatueBronze Unveiled 15 September 2005.[31]

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Bust of Ralph Vaughan Williams Chelsea Embankment Gardens 2012Marcus Cornish Bust Unveiled 5 September 2012.[32]


See the list of public art in Kensington and the list of public art in Kensington Gardens.


See the list of public art in Knightsbridge.

Ladbroke Grove

Image Title / subject Location and
DateArtist / designer Type Designation Notes
Memorial to the Ladbroke Grove rail crash Canal Way 2001Richard Healy Stele N/A [33]


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  2. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 18
  3. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 20
  4. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 19
  5. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 37
  6. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 31
  7. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 26
  8. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 30
  9. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 33
  10. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 28
  11. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 17
  12. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 27
  13. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 29
  16. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-26. Retrieved 2014-07-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. "Simon's Walks – At Home In Chelsea". At Home In Chelsea. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  18. "William Friese Greene". London Remembers. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  19. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 8
  20. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 9
  21. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 13
  22. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 16
  23. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 1
  24. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 10
  25. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 2
  26. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 6
  27. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 12
  28. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 11
  29. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 15
  30. Nolan & Starren 2012, no. 4
  31. "Ralph Vaughan Williams – bust", London Remembers, retrieved 18 October 2019
  32. Matthews 2012, p. 209


  • Matthews, Peter (2012), London’s Statues and Monuments, Botley: Shire Publications
  • 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
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