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Object ID # 1956.019.001
Object Name Bust
Title Bronze Bust of Queen Victoria (1897)
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Date 1897
Artist MacCarthy, Hamilton
Made James Humphrey (Moulder)
Place of Origin Toronto, Ontario
Description One cast bronze bust of Queen Victoria. It was one of a group of similar busts made in 1897 at Toronto, Ontario, for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The mould for this bust was made by James Humphrey, the donor's father. The bust is emboss-cast on the back with "H. MacCarthy, R.C.A. Sculptor Reg'd 1897", as well as with a large mark that includes the letter "R". The bust is heavy, but hollow. The pedestal area has corners with winged lion motifs. The front of the pedestal has a lion and unicorn holding a quartered circle, with the royal motto of "Honi Soit Qui Mal Pense". Under each word of the above, there is a design. There is a crown motif above the circle. The Queen is depicted with a crown, a shoulder sash, a bead necklace, and has 2 medals on the sash. The crown has a tab and hole for attaching it. There is also a detached "dome" part to the crown. (a-c) The cream-coloured oval base was added by museum staff in order to help stabalize it when it is exhibited.
a - is the bust
b - is a part unknown
c- is the small detachable crown
Makers mark The bust is emboss-cast on the back with "H. MacCarthy, R.C.A. Sculptor Reg'd 1897". There is also a large mark that incorporates a "R".
Provenance This bust was one of a group of busts made by James Humphrey. This bust sat in their homes continually until 1955, on a pedestal, in the hall. When Mrs. James Humphrey died in 1955, the bust was sent to her sister, Mrs. William Taylor, of Owen Sound, Grey County, to be stored for Valera.

When Mrs. Taylor passed away in 1956, her daughter, Mrs. Catherine Little, was clearing the contents of her mother's house and brought the bust to the museum, on behalf of her cousin, Valera Cree (neƩ Humphrey).
Collection Fine Art Collection
Material Bronze
Dimensions H-43.7 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Function This item was a souvenir of a British Royal Jubilee, to commemorate the long reign of Queen Victoria. It was displayed on a Victorian pedestal stand, in the hallway of a private home.