A solicitous men’s outfitter might describe Edward VII as having had a ‘husky’ build. His most enduring invention appears to have been leaving the bottom button undone on his waistcoat. Looking at this statue, the inspiration for this becomes apparent.
Bertram Mackennal carved a look of anguish into the face of the horse Edward is sitting on, as if it were holding up an intolerable weight.
I had some difficulty getting the aiguillette on Edward’s shoulder quite right, but then I got a close up look at an identical model, being worn by the doorman at the Intercontinental Hotel, Melbourne.