This work by the sculptor, painter, book illuminator and mosaic designer Arthur George Walker, is a miniature version of Walker’s statue of Florence Nightingale, located in Waterloo Place, London. The larger sculpture, commissioned in 1910 as a memorial to those killed in the Crimean War, was erected in 1915.
Arthur George Walker was born in Hackney. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools and exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, eventually being appointed a Royal Academician towards the end of his life, in 1936. Walker produced figurative and monumental sculpture, and was also a painter, book illuminator and mosaic designer. Other public monuments by him include a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, located at the entrance to Victoria Park Gardens in Westminster, an equestrian statue of John Wesley in Bristol and a statue of Sir Philip Sidney in Shrewsbury.
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