Queen Victoria – Alfred Gilbert (1903)
Diplomatically positioned in St Nicholas Square, so Victoria’s back is not turned to the Cathedral or to the one time local government HQ in what is now Cathedral Square. The bronze statue was erected to commemorate 500 years of the jurisdiction of a sheriff of Newcastle.
Pedestal is inscribed on its front face ‘Victoria RI 1837 -1901’ while another face declares ‘Thine is the Greatness and the Power and the Glory and the Victory and the Majesty’.
Victoria is seated and in black in marked contrast to ‘Young’ Victoria at the RVI.