When Prince Albert died in 1861 a competition was held for a national monument, which Sir G. G. Scott, inevitably, won. It stands in Hyde Park, just across Kensington Gore from the Albert Hall. The latter is cheap and rather boring, designed by an army engineer. The memorial makes up for that—tall, Gothic, spiky, colourful, and crammed with decorations and sculptures celebrating the achievements of the high Victorian age.
Subjects: British History.