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Title Queen Anne
Collection Public Monuments and Sculpture Association
Sculptor Bird, Francis
Architect Bryan, Henry Dare
Date Completion c1714
Date Design 1715
Description Standing figure of Queen Anne in elaborate dress and regalia holding an orb in her left hand, on a plinth of red marble. Under a canopy with half-dome supported on red marble pillars. Pediment behind with dates of great military victories of the Queen's reign carved on the sides. The canopy and statue now back onto the outside wall of the church and faces a neat flower filled square.l
Id Number Current Accession SO55
Id Number Current Repository BLMSO55
Inscription On red marble plaque; below the statue, in caps:THIS STATUE OF/ QUEEN ANNE / WAS PRESENTED TO THE TOWN IN 1719 BY / SIR JACOB BANCKS / HE REPRESENTED THE BOROUGH IN PARLIAMENT / FOR 16 YEARS AND DURING THAT PERIOD / WAS ITS BENEFICIARY ON ALL OCCASIONS / BY SUBSCRIPTIONS OF THE PARISHIONERS / THE COST OF THIS CANOPY WAS DEFRAYED / AND THE STAUE RE-ERECTED / AD 1893
On pediment, in caps: THIS STATUE WAS ERECTED: AD 1893
On pediment in two round plaques: 1703 and 1714
Left hand side of canopy, in caps: CAPTURE OF/ GIBRALTAR 1847
BATTLE OF / BLENHEIM XX84
On right hand side of canopy, in caps: UNION WITH / SCOTLAND 1707
OVEDENARDE 1708 / MALPLAQUET 1709
TREATY OF/ UTRECHT 1713
Location Minehead, Somerset
Material Alabaster
Notes Jacob Bancks, a Swede by birth, was a Royal Navy captain who married into the Luttrell family. Bancks was elected to Parliament as a member for Minehead and served the borough until 1713. He was knighted in 1699: a great admirer of Queen Anne Bancks saw the effigy of Queen on the West Front of St Paul's Cathedral, London, and in 1719 commissioned a similar statue for Minehead. Originally in the Parish Church, the statue was removed in 1880 when that church was restored. At first the statue was to be placed in the new Town Hall but eventually, in 1893, the parishioners of Minehead subscribed to defray the cost of a canopy and the re-erection of the statue on its present site.
Rights Owner Public Monuments and Sculpture Association
Source BLM
 

 

 

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