Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria statue, College Green, Bristol - DSC05683.JPG
ArtistJoseph Edgar Boehm
TypeWhite marble

The statue of Queen Victoria by Joseph Edgar Boehm stands on College Green, Bristol, England. It is Grade II listed.[1]

The statue was planned as part of the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria[2] and was erected on the apex of College Green, displacing a replica of the medieval Bristol High Cross, which was moved to the centre of the Green.[3]

The round steps of limestone ashlar lead to a square copper base with fish, putti, and inscribed panels, which support the marble statue. The figure of Queen Victoria is holding a sceptre and orb which are now broken. The statue itself is 8 feet 6 inches high and weighs four tons.[2] It was unveiled on 25 July 1888 by Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, one of Victoria's grandsons.[4]

The statue is one of a series of very similar statues Boehm made for the Queen’s Jubilee to stand at Windsor, Balmoral Castle, Sydney, and Pietermaritzburg.[5]

When it was put into place, a glass time capsule was incorporated into the plinth. This was uncovered during works in 2004 and given to Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.[4]

The statue has been moved several times.

See also


  1. ^ Historic England. "Queen Victoria Statue (1355171)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b D. G. Amphlett, The Bristol Book of Days (2011), pp. 108, 315
  3. ^ Anthony Beeson, Central Bristol Through Time (2012), p. 127
  4. ^ a b "College Green (2)". Brisray. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  5. ^ Statue of Queen Victoria, 1888, Sculptor: Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834–1890), Commissioned for the Golden Jubilee, Marble on granite pedestal with bronze reliefs, Bristol, britishart.yale.edu, accessed 31 August 2022

Coordinates: 51°27′08″N 2°35′58″W / 51.45220°N 2.59941°W / 51.45220; -2.59941