Thursday, July 16, 2009

George the second

That's not true, really. This is actually King Edward VII, father of King George V, the King Emperor. I did not realize that there are quite a few statues of this man the two kings, father and son, around Chennai - this is the second one such statue featuring on this blog (hence the title of this post! - the first one, of King George V, is here). I'm not sure if there is any significance to the placement of these statues, but it would be a reasonable guess that they were distributed in such a way that no matter what road one took to or from Fort St George, one would have to pass under the gaze of one of the monarchs!

Goofed pretty badly on this one! For some reason, I took it for granted that the statue here is also that of King George V; even though I learnt about my error a while ago, was too lazy to get here and correct it, until now! (March 6, 2010)


Leif Hagen said...

British sculptures in India - constant reminders of the past and handsome artwork!

Hobbes said...

King George .. the Hindu ...

What a combo !!! lol !!


Shantaram said...

@ Leif: Yes, the level of detail on these statues is amazing. But there are some who don't like seeing them :(

@ Hobbes: Ah, yes - that's some combo - and then there is the 'Chettinad' in the background, too ;)