Statue of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria in front of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly – Winnipeg (44011134692).jpg
The former Queen Victoria Statue in front of the Manitoba Legislative Building
ArtistGeorge Frampton
Completion date1 October 1904 (1904-10-01)
SubjectQueen Victoria
LocationManitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Coordinates49°53′07″N 97°08′50″W / 49.88535°N 97.14734°W / 49.88535; -97.14734Coordinates: 49°53′07″N 97°08′50″W / 49.88535°N 97.14734°W / 49.88535; -97.14734

The Queen Victoria Statue was a sculpture of Queen Victoria that stood on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.[1]

It was designed by the British sculptor George Frampton, it cost $15,000, and was paid for by a mixture of public funds and private donations.[2] Frampton used the same model of the seated queen in two other statues, the Statue of Queen Victoria, in St Helens, Merseyside, and the Memorial to Queen Victoria, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, both in England.[3] The statue was unveiled on 1 October 1904 by Sir Rodmond Roblin.[4] The statue depicts the queen seated on a throne with the sceptre in her right hand, and an orb in her left hand.[2]

During the night of 23 June 2020, the statue was vandalized with red and white paint amid a wave of anti-racist protests.[5] On 1 July 2021, on Canada Day, the statue was toppled and covered in paint during a protest denouncing the deaths of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools.[6] The head, crown, and the orb of the statue were removed by force by protesters overnight, though the head was later recovered from the Assiniboine River without its crown. The statue is currently being assessed for restoration.[7][8]

References

  1. ^ "Historic Sites of Manitoba: Queen Victoria Statue (450 Broadway, Winnipeg)". Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b Self-Guided Walking Tour (PDF), Manitoba Government, p. 3, retrieved 2 February 2014
  3. ^ Morris, Edward; Roberts, Emma (2012), Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside (excluding Liverpool), Public Sculpture of Britain, vol. 15, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, p. 188, ISBN 978-1-84631-492-6
  4. ^ Queen Victoria Statue (Legislative Grounds, Winnipeg), Historic Sites of Manitoba, retrieved 2 February 2014
  5. ^ Gowriluk, Caitlyn (24 June 2020). "Queen Victoria statue on Manitoba Legislature grounds covered with white and red paint overnight". CBC News.
  6. ^ "Statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II torn down in Canada". BBC News. 2 July 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Fate of toppled statues unclear, federal Conservatives want them restored". CBC News. 5 July 2021.
  8. ^ Lambert, Steve (7 July 2021). "Manitoba premier says statues will be rebuilt". CTV News. Winnipeg. Retrieved 14 July 2021.