1722 – Statue of George I, Essex Bridge, Dublin

Sculptor: John van Nost the Elder

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Erected on a elevated pedestal on the upstream side of what was then Essex Bridge in 1722. Commissioned in 1717 as “a grateful acknowledgement of the many favours conferred on this city by his present majesty King George”. By 1753, architect George Semple found that the statue’s pedestal was a danger to the stability of the entire bridge, after a partial collapse of an arch.

With the construction of a new bridge to Semple’s design, the statue was removed. It eventually ended up in the garden of the Mansion House in 1782. At one stage in the early 19th century, it was suggested for the centre of Fitzwilliam Square, but this never materialised. In 1937 it was sold to the Barber Institute in Birmingham for 500 pounds – it cost the city 2,000 pounds in 1722.

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