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His Majesty King George V, 1916, Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Marble

His Majesty King George V, 1916, Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Marble

Location: Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Ph-II

Wearing the Imperial Crown and the Coronation Robe, George V poses as the new Emperor of India in knee high breeches, white hose and buckled shoes in a three dimensional approach. Along with the oldest Order of the Garter, he wears badge of the Star of India around his neck suspended from a collar. Made in 1861 for Queen Victoria, the centre of this badge represents her miniature bust on it, enveloped by the lines, Heaven's Light Our Guide. It is surmounted by a five-pointed diamond star atop his blue robe, held with his left hand.

The other hand seems to be holding the robe here to focus on his right leg in forward thrust. Commissioned in 1916, these statues of the King and Queen were located at the end of the corridors overlooking the forecourt. They were presented by the Maharaja of Gwalior and Maharaja of Bikaner alongwith a grant of £ 3,500.

Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, was an Australian sculptor, most applauded for designing coinage and stamps bearing the likeness of King George V. He was born in Fitzroy, Victoria followed by his education at the School of Design in Melbourne National Gallery from 1878- 1882.

The research and compilation of the E- Catalogue has been realised by Shri VenuRajamony- Press Secretary to the President of India and Ruchi Kumar- Research Associate.

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