Survey of London: Volume 10, St. Margaret, Westminster, Part I: Queen Anne's Gate Area. Originally published by [s.n.], [s.l.], 1926.
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LIV.—STATUE OF QUEEN ANNE
The stone statue of Queen Anne (Plate 111) which now stands against the return flank wall of No. 15 Queen Anne's Gate, seems to have stood originally in the middle of the east side of Queen Square. (fn. n1) Its origin is obscure, but from the facts (i) that the owners of the different houses in the square had a joint interest in the statue (see p. 104), and (ii) that it was already in position in 1708, (fn. n2) it may fairly be assumed that it was included in the original lay-out of the square. The name of the sculptor is not known.
The figure represents the Queen standing, with the left foot slightly advanced and the head inclined to one side. A small crown rests lightly on the head, and the hair falls down in curls to the shoulders, while a necklace supplies a touch of feminine adornment. The dress is cut low on the shoulders, with the corsage affixed with jewels, displaying the lines of the waist, and the basque is scalloped. The half-sleeves are festooned and have ruffles and lace frills, leaving the lower parts of the arms bare. The skirt is richly brocaded, the folds being cleverly shown, and is finished with a frilled hem. From the shoulders is suspended the mantle, lined with ermine and brought forward in draped folds, while the cordons are knotted in front and depend from the waist with tassels. The Queen is represented as wearing the Collar and George of the Order of the Garter, with the Star attached to the left breast, and carrying the Orb and Sceptre. (fn. n3) The workmanship is most skilful, and the statue forms an interesting record of the state robes and regalia worn at that time. It stands on a high bow-fronted pedestal, which is ornamented at the sides with foliated scrolls in profile resting on the spread of the moulded plinth and finished with a moulded table course. On the upper portion of the die is inscribed "ANNA REGINA."
The back of the statue has been left quite rough, and has no connection with the brickwork in its present situation. The statue is now under the charge of H.M. Office of Works. (fn. n4)
In the Council's Collection are:—
(fn. n5) Statue of Queen Anne (photograph).
"A beautiful statue of Queen Anne in Queen Square, Westminster," 1830 (pencil drawing, by T. H. Shepherd).