Earl Roberts of Kandahar - Photo by Leslie Scarborough taken on 01.01.1990report image
- Colonial India
- Indian Mutiny (1857-1858)
- Boer War, Second (1899-1902)
- Afghanistan (1800-1899)
About the memorial
Perhaps the most famous statue in Kelvingrove is the stunning homage to Earl Frederick Sleigh Roberts V.C. (1832-1914). The Earl Robert’s Monument is a narrative piece of international standing, described in its day as ‘the finest equestrian statue of modern times’. Although executed by Henry Poole, this structure is an exact duplicate of Harry Bates’ equestrian masterpiece which stands proudly in the Maidan in Calcutta. Earl Roberts was the saviour of the British Empire, and its honour, on a number of occasions in the perpetual colonial wars fought throughout Queen Victoria’s reign. “Bobs” to his soldiers, the epitome of the dashing Victorian officer, Roberts was awarded a Victoria Cross during the Indian Mutiny whilst only 26 years old, and is thought to be the possible inspiration for George Macdonald Fraser’s heroic ‘Flashman’ novels.
A serving soldier for more than fifty years, Roberts rose through the ranks to become the head of the armed services and died during the Great War at the retreat from the Marne, aged 82. This statue to commemorate the iconic hero of the British Empire was built by public subscription from the grateful people of Glasgow and unveiled in 1916. A national hero by the time he took Glasgow by storm on his first visit to the city in 1903, Roberts had recently subdued the Boers in South Africa and had already become a legend with his epic retreat from Khabul to Khandahar during the Afghan War of 1878. Interestingly his son also was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery.
This masterpiece is complemented by Harry Bates’ triptych bronze Aeneid reliefs in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which can be seen in the context of other New Sculpture by George Frampton, Derwent Wood and others in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
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