Edward VII squashing a horse

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.

Edward VII

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