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Boadicea and Her Daughters

Boadicea and Her Daughters
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The sculptural group in 2007
Artist Thomas Thornycroft
Year 1856–83 (executed);
June 1902 (erected)[1]
Type Sculptural group
Material Bronze
Subject Boudica
Location London, United Kingdom
Coordinates

51°30′04″N 0°07′26″W / 51.501097°N 0.123780°W / 51.501097; -0.123780Coordinates: 51°30′04″N 0°07′26″W / 51.501097°N 0.123780°W / 51.501097; -0.123780{{#coordinates:51.501097|N|0.123780|W|region:GB-WMS_scale:500_type:landmark|||| |primary |name=

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Boadicea and Her Daughters is a bronze sculptural group portraying Boudica, Queen of the Iceni tribe of Britons, located on Westminster Pier in London. It is considered the magnum opus of its sculptor, the English artist and engineer Thomas Thornycroft. Thornycroft worked on it from 1856 until shortly before his death in 1885, sometimes assisted by his son William Hamo Thornycroft.

The group was not cast in bronze until 1902, more than 17 years after Thornycroft's death. It was erected at Westminster Pier in June 1902. Inscriptions were added to the plinth in 1903; that on the front of the plinth reads BOADICEA/ (BOUDICCA)/ QUEEN OF THE ICENI/ WHO DIED A.D. 61/ AFTER LEADING HER PEOPLE/ AGAINST THE ROMAN INVADER. The right side of the plinth contains an inscription with text from William Cowper's poem Boadicea, an ode (1782): REGIONS CAESAR NEVER KNEW/ THY POSTERITY SHALL SWAY. An inscription on the plinth's left side reads, THIS STATUE BY THOMAS THORNYCROFT/ WAS PRESENTED TO LONDON BY HIS SON/ SIR JOHN ISAAC THORNYCROFT C.E./ AND PLACED HERE BY THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL/ A.D. 1902.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Ward-Jackson, Philip (2011), Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster: Volume 1, Public Sculpture of Britain, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, p. 340 

External links

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