An Equestrian Bronze Figure of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, 1875
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Overall: 75cm (29.5in) x 69cm (27in) x 23cm (9in)
Patinated bronze. The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII (reigned 1902-1910) as Colonel of the 10th Hussars. Signed ‘Remington Clarke’ to the naturalistic base.
Albert Edward, Prince of Wales was appointed Regimental Colonel of the 10th (The Prince of Wales's Own) Royal Hussars in 1863 and retained the appointment until becoming Colonel-in-Chief in 1898. Under the command of the Prince’s friend Colonel Valentine Baker from 1860 to 1873, the Tenth Hussars obtained a reputation for the highest efficiency. Baker, of course, was destined to fall from grace after his arrest on a charge of indecent assault upon a governess in a Waterloo-bound railway carriage in 1875. Queen Victoria insisted that the Tenth’s commanding officer was cashiered rather than being allowed to resign thus adding to Baker’s humiliation. After Baker’s release from prison, the Prince of Wales tried repeatedly to have him reinstated in the army. In 1887 the Queen at last relented, but Baker died on the Nile of a fever before he heard of her pardon.
The present bronze was commissioned by the Bond Street art dealer Cooper, as an addition to the canon of work celebrating the Prince’s association with the 10th Hussars - viz Franz Xavier Winterhalter’s portrait of Prince Albert Edward in hussar uniform commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1864; Sir Francis Grant’s equestrian painting of Prince Albert Edward and Valentine Baker reviewing the regiment; and Sir Edgar Boehm’s equestrian bronze statue for the city of Bombay, 1878.
A report in the Illustrated London News of 26 May 1876 records that Remington Clarke’s equestrian bronze of the Prince of Wales formed the centrepiece of a display of ancient gold and silver plate at a banquet held at the Guildhall for the Prince of Wales on his return from his Indian Tour of 1875-76 - the plate belonging to the Corporation of the City of London and City livery companies being adorned with exotic plants and laden with eastern spices. The highly successful Indian tour included army manoeuvres in which Prince Albert Edward led the 10th Hussars and simulated charge.