FIRST - Viceroy of India - Westminster Abbey, London, UK
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N 51° 29.985 W 000° 07.636
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Quick Description: This marble statue of Charles John Canning is one of the first monuments a visitor to Westminster Abbey comes across as they enter. The statue is by J H Foley. Charles Canning was first Viceroy of India and died in London in 1862.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/31/2020 4:23:40 AM
Waymark Code: WM13B91
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member model12
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Long Description:

The larger than lifesize statue of Charles Canning is carved from white marble and stands upon a plinth made of the same material. The statue shows him wearing an earl’s coronation robe with his right hand grasping his left wrist in front of him. He is clean shave, has a receding hairline with short hair. The inscription on the plinth reads:

Charles John, Earl Canning K.G. [Knight of the Garter], youngest son of the Right Hon. George Canning, Born December 14 1812, died June 17 1862. Governor General and First Viceroy of India, 1856-1862. In that high office, during the perilous crisis of the Sepoy mutiny, he displayed with entire success such fortitude, judgment and wise clemency as proved him worthy of his illustrious father, and justly entitled him to the lasting gratitude of his country. Buried with his father in Westminster Abbey.

The Westminster Abbey website has an article about Charles Canning that advises:

In the north transept of Westminster Abbey, often called Statesmen’s Aisle, are three statues commemorating George Canning, Prime Minister, his son Charles John, Earl Canning, and George’s cousin Stratford Canning.

Charles John was born 14th December 1812 and also attended Eton and Oxford and became a Member of Parliament. In 1835 he married Charlotte Stuart and he succeeded to the title of Viscount Canning of Kilbrahan (a title having been granted to his mother after her husband’s death). He served in Robert Peel’s government and became Governor General and first Viceroy of India. In 1859 he was created an Earl. His wife died in India of malaria in 1861 and the following year he died in London, being buried with his father.


With the re-opening of Westminster Abbey after Covid-19 lockdown photography, for private use, has been allowed in most areas of the Abbey when services are not taking place (see here). There is an entry fee payable to enter the Abbey that is currently £18 for an adult (October, 2020).

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Date of FIRST: 1/1/1856

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