Statues on Parliament Hill – 1897 & 2013

Original photos taken in 1897 by James Topley.

Queen Victoria


Urbsite: Victoria Day

The Queen Victoria Monument was officially dedicated by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (the future King George V and Queen Mary) in September 1901.

The Queen Victoria Monument was set on a mound just to the west of the Centre Block. It had previously been used for a summer pavilion.

Compositionally, the statue uses a series of strong diagonal lines (the arch of the lion’s back, and the outreached arms of the allegorical figure) to focus the eye upward towards the Queen. Over time the rubbing of many hands over the lion’s tale had worn off the original bronze patina, turning into shiny raw metal. The maiden’s bare feet had been trampled by people climbing up to take pictures

Wikipedia: Located at the north-west corner between the West and Centre Blocks, the statue of the country’s first monarch was sculpted by Louis-Philippe Hébert in 1900, and dedicated by Prince George, Duke of Cornwall and York, in 1901.


Sir John A. Macdonald


Wikipedia: Louis-Philippe Hébert was selected from 44 submissions from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe, to sculpt the statue of Canada’s first prime minister. In the 1880s it was unveiled at the south east corner of the Centre Block.


Alexander Mackenzie


Wikipedia: Placed directly to the north of the statue of George-Étienne Cartier, Louis-Philippe Hébert was commissioned to sculpt this figure at the same time as he was awarded the project of the monument to Queen Victoria. The statue was unveiled in 1901.


Wikipedia: Parliament Hill – Monuments and Statues

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