Albert Memorial Kensington Gardens antique print. Original page from the Illustrated Times dated March 18th. 1865 illustrating the proposed memorial to Prince Albert to be erected in Kensington Gardens, London.
The following text is from the Frontispiece ‘In Your Area’ blog.
The Albert Memorial is located north of the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gardens, London.It was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her consort, Prince Albert, who died in 1861 from Typhoid fever. Officially titled the Prince Consort National Memorial, the statue of a seated Prince Albert, shows him holding the catalogue of the Great Exhibition. The ‘Great Exhibition’ had been a project close to Albert’s heart and was opened by Queen Victoria, on May Day 1851, just a short distance from the site of her husband’s memorial. The memorial was opened in July 1872 by Queen Victoria, with Prince Albert being placed in the centre four years later in 1876. It had taken over ten years to complete with the cost being met by public subscription. The Gothic style of the Albert Memorial reflected the design of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh opened ten years earlier. There was also a very similar memorial in Albert Square, Manchester, which opened in 1865. In other towns and cities memorials to the Prince Consort were erected, however, none are as splendid as the gilded monument placed before the public in Albert Memorial Road.