Adrian Jones (1845-1938)

Peace in her Quadriga.

An interesting sculptor, specialising in equestrian figures, with an unconventional career. He was born in Ludlow, studied at the Royal Veterinary College, qualifying in 1866 as a vetinary surgeon, and enrolling in the Army as a vetinary officer in the Royal Horse Artillery the following year. It was only in 1890, having achieved the rank of captain, that he retired, and in 1891 set himself up in Chelsea as an artist. He had no formal art training, but prospered with commissions for horse portraits.

His most important - indeed, spectacular - work is the 40-ton Peace in her Quadriga (i.e. four-horsed chariot), dating from 1912 and emplaced on top of the Arch at Hyde Park Corner. An excellent St George slaying an equally excellent crocodile-like dragon (Cavalry Monument) is also in Hyde Park (see the walk there). Also in London, he has the George, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehall, and the (non-equestrian) Marines Memorial on The Mall. On Chelsea Embankment opposite the bridge is a horsy plaque for a Boer War Memorial, and a plaster version of this is in the National Army Museum near Sloane Square. Outside London, we may mention General Sir Rodgers Buller in Exeter, the Yeomanry Monument in Gloucester, and a plaque to Charles Berkeley Pigott in Winchester Cathedral.

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