Statue of the Duke of Devonshire
The statue in 2011
ArtistHerbert Hampton
Year1911 (1911)
SubjectDuke of Devonshire
Dimensions4 m (13 ft)
DesignationGrade II-listed
LocationWhitehall, London
Coordinates51°30′17″N 0°07′34″W / 51.5048°N 0.1262°W / 51.5048; -0.1262

The statue of the Duke of Devonshire is a Grade II-listed outdoor bronze sculpture of Spencer Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire, the leader of three British political parties between 1875 and 1903, and is located at the entrance to Horse Guards Avenue, Whitehall, London, England. A work of the sculptor Herbert Hampton, it was unveiled in 1911.[1][2][3]

The statue is around 4 metres high and rests on a plinth around 5 metres high.[1] The inscription on the plinth gives the Duke's name, title, honours (KG for Knight of the Garter; he is depicted wearing his Garter robes[4]) and year of birth and death.[1]

A committee headed by the Marquess of Lansdowne secured permission for the statue's location and the sculptor's design was approved by Edward VII in 1909 and completed the following year.[1][3][5] The Marquess of Lansdowne unveiled the statue on 11 February 1911.[1][2][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Spencer Compton – Whitehall, London, UK – Statues of Historic Figures". Waymarking. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Statue of the 8th Duke of Devonshire, Whitehall, London". Diomedia. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b "OUR LONDON LETTER". Bendigo Advertiser. Vic.: National Library of Australia. 7 March 1911. p. 5. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  4. ^ "DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE'S STATUE". Illawarra Mercury. Wollongong, NSW: National Library of Australia. 28 October 1910. p. 3. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Statue of the eighth Duke of Devonshire (1224271)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  6. ^ "London Gossip:Political Colleagues". The Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 29 March 1911. p. 5. Retrieved 1 October 2014.