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Sir Wilfrid Lawson Baronet -- Victoria Embankment Gardens, City of Westminster, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 51° 30.513 W 000° 07.182
30U E 699873 N 5710313
Quick Description: A statue of temperance crusader and radical Liberal party politician in the Victoria Embankment Gardens
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/23/2016 11:11:08 AM
Waymark Code: WMRYNA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
Views: 1

Long Description:
Despite the impression one gets from looking at his statue, Sir Wilfrid sounds like a real barn-burner of a guy.

His bronze statue, which appears to be about 1.5 times life size to us, stands on a pedestal of stacked shapes of Portland stone which creates an interesting terrace effect. The statue stands in the Victoria Embankment gardens. Inscriptions appear on all four sides, as follows:

"[front of the stone plinth]
Sir Wilfrid Lawson, Bt.

[left side]
Sir Wilfrid Lawson, Bt. of Brayton, Cumberland.
Born September 4 1829.
Died July 1 1906.
Member of Parliament for Carlisle, Cockermouth, Camborne, 1859-1906.
President of the United Kingdom Alliance, 1879 - 1906.

[back]
Erected by his friends and followers in loving and grateful remembrance of his splendid leadership and of his pure and unworldly life. July 20, 1909.

[right side]
A true patriot: a wise and witty orator: a valiant and far-seeing reformer.
He spent a long life as the joyous champion of righteousness, peace, freedom, temperance.

[around each corner of the plinth are 4 words, reading clockwise from front left]

Peace, Charity, Fortitude, Temperance"

Sir Wilfrid is wearing clothes that look like they date to the 1880s to us: a longcoat, collared shirt and vest with dress shoes and a tie. He has his left hand in his coat pocket and is holding notes in his right hand. He looks to us like he is making a speech, perhaps in the House of Commons, to prospective voters, or at a temperance meeting.

Here is a link to the Wikipedia article on the long and interesting life of Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 2nd baronet of Brayson: (visit link)
URL of the statue: [Web Link]

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