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Kelvingrove Park

Statue of Lord Frederick Roberts

Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow's West End is the home to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Also located in the park is a public monument to Lord Roberts (1832-1914). Born in India, Lord Roberts commanded British forces in Afghanistan from 1881-1882 and went on to become Commander-in-Chief of India from 1885-1893. He was a highly respected and high ranking officer of the British army. This memorial is significant to Anglo-Sikh heritage due to the frieze around the base of the statue. It depicts the 300 mile march from Kabul to Kandahar on which Lord Roberts led his troop of Sikh, Gurka and Highland regiments.

The sculptor responsible for the statue is Harry Bates (1850-1899). He was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. He completed his studies in Paris with the famous sculptor August Rodin in 1885. He created a memorial to Lord Roberts in Calcutta in the 1890s. The statue which you can see in Kelvingrove Park is a reproduction of this created after his death by his former assistant in 1916.


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