N04217 SKETCH FOR THE STATUE OF CECIL RHODES 1904
Inscr. ‘H.T. '04’ on base.
Plaster, 9 3/4×3 1/2×10 (24·75×9×25·25), including base.
Presented by Lady Thornycroft 1926.
A study for the equestrian statue at Kimberley, South Africa. A public meeting was held in the Town Hall, Kimberley, on 17 April 1902, at which it was resolved to erect a memorial to Rhodes. The site is at a crossroad on Du Toit's Pan Road and was donated by Alfred Beit. On 12 April 1904 Thornycroft recorded in his diary that Beit and T. Milner had called to see a model for the statue. By 4 July Smith (a studio assistant) was ‘moulding Rhodes sketch model’. A note of 14 January 1907 records that the plaster model (presumably full size) of the Rhodes statue had gone to J. W. Singer's of Frome, the founders. The memorial was unveiled on 4 December 1907…