Carving a Legacy: Public Sculpture of Queen Anne,c.1704-1712

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-244
JournalJournal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Volume37
Issue number2
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Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
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Questions of Queen Anne's legacy have been much debated by historians of the period, who contest her role in securing the great achievements of her reign. This essay explores how contemporary public sculpture of the queen was used to create monuments to Anne's legacy, placing her at the centre of narratives that recorded the triumphs of the period. The essay focuses on two examples: Matthew Prior's involvement with plans for sculptural monuments to Anne in the early years of her reign, and Francis Bird's sculpture of the queen with radiating allegories at St Paul's Cathedral, unveiled in 1713.

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