King George VI - The Queen's House, Greenwich, London, UK
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Quick Description: This bronze bust of King George VI is located in the Queen's House in Greenwich Park in London. The life-sized bust, created in 1935, was created by Kathleen Scott the wife of Captain Scott of Antarctic fame.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/23/2017 1:41:57 AM
Waymark Code: WMWNME
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:

The Royal Museums Greenwich website tells us about the sculpture:

Head-and-part-shoulders bronze bust of George VI, the sitter's head a quarter turned to his left, with the hair parted on the left, and he wears a V-neck pullover over an open-necked shirt.

The figure sits on an integral rectangular base with the inscription 'H. M. KING GEORGE VI.' on a wooden composition board fixed the front, painted to look like bronze.

The piece is signed 'K. Scott' under the right shoulder. Kathleen Scott (later Lady Kennet, 1878-1947) was trained as a sculptor at the Slade School and subsequently in Paris. She returned home in 1906 having developed many notable artistic connections, and produced fine but limited early work. In 1908 she married Captain Robert Falcon Scott, their only son (later Sir Peter, the naturalist and painter) was born the following year. When she was widowed by Scott's death in the Antarctic in 1912 she devoted herself to her son, to developing her artistic career and to other good works. At that time she was known as Lady Scott, having been granted the style of the widow of a Knight Commander of the Bath. In 1922 she remarried to the businessman, politician and journalist E. H. Young, later Lord Kennet. Her best known statue is the monument to her husband (1915), in London's Waterloo Place, but she did much else in an artistic career that saw its high point in the inter-war years. A notable earlier commission of 1913, unveiled the following July, was the bronze statue at Lichfield of Captain Smith of the 'Titanic', who died within three weeks of Scott.

This bust of George VI was presented to the Museum in May 1962 by the Boy Scouts Association London. Lady Scott also did at least one other of the king, in stone and admiral of the fleet's uniform.

The BBC website tells us about King George VI:

King George was born on 14 December 1895 at Sandringham in Norfolk, the second son of the Duke of York, later George V. He was christened Albert after his great-grandfather, Prince Albert. In 1909, went to Dartmouth Naval College and joined the Royal Navy - seeing action in the World War One Battle of Jutland - and then the Royal Air Force. In 1920, he was created Duke of York and began to take on royal duties. In 1923, he married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, youngest daughter of the 14th Earl of Strathmore. They had two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret.

Following the abdication of his elder brother, Edward VIII, George was proclaimed king on 12 December 1936 and crowned in May the following year. He and the queen paid state visits to France in 1938, and to Canada and the United States in 1939, making George the first British monarch to enter the US. George supported Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement towards Germany and Italy. When Chamberlain resigned in May 1940, the king wished to replace him with Lord Halifax, but was persuaded to accept Winston Churchill, whose wartime leadership he then supported unreservedly.

During the war George visited Allied armies on several battle fronts and toured the home front extensively. He also created the George Cross for 'acts of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger' - an award for courage for acts not carried out under fire from an enemy. The Royal family's refusal to leave Britain during the conflict and their active involvement in the war effort won them many admirers.

Although his symbolic leadership in Britain was crucial during World War Two, George's reign was perhaps most important for the accelerating evolution of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations and the post-war transformation of Great Britain into a welfare state. His hereditary title of Emperor of India ceased in 1947 when India and Pakistan became separate independent countries. From 1948, his health deteriorated, and he died on 6 February 1952, a few months after undergoing an operation for lung cancer. His elder daughter Elizabeth succeeded him as monarch.

Monarch Ranking: King / Queen

Proper Title and Name of Monarch: King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth

Country or Empire of Influence: United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth

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