Photographer: Wilson, George Washington
Medium: Photographic print
"The erection of this Statue is almost entirely due to the zeal of a knot of Scottish patriots who delighted in, and loved to honour, genius. The up-getting and expenses were defrayed by Scotchmen, executed by a Scottish artist (John Steele, R.S.A.), and cast in a Scottish foundry. The Sub-committee consisted of the following gentlemen, viz.: - The Lord Justice-General, Lord Neaves, Dr. Burt, Robert Chambers, Esq., LL.D., John Blackwood, Esq., and Peter Fraser, Esq. The Statue which is colossal, is 11 and a half feet high, standing on a pedestal 12 feet. The figure, leaning on a plam-tree, being an incidental allusion to his 'Isle of Palms,' is composed of bronze. It cost £1500, and is a casting of 3 and a half tons. The tout ensemble of the Statue is in the loose and careless degage style 'The Noctes,' as he was best known in 'Mine own romantic town,' and is highly creditable to the artist who has admirably succeeded in acquainting the prestent and coming generations with a fac-simile of the literary genius it commemorates."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson