Neighbourhood - Commemorative and public art

Queen Victoria


Did you know that the monument to Queen Victoria is the work of her daughter, Princess Louise? A talented artist, Louise Caroline Alberta undertook this sculptural likeness of her mother during her sojourn in Canada in the company of her husband, the Marquess of Lorne, governor general of Canada under Prime Minister John A. Macdonald.

Completed in 1895, the work was acquired and presented to McGill University by the important businessman, politician, diplomat and philanthropist Sir Donald Alexander Smith, created first Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal in 1900. The university added a pedestal encircled by a band of bronze maple leaves and placed the monument on the landing of the steps leading to the main entrance of Royal Victoria College, a girl's college, now the Strathcona Music Building.

The monument was unveiled in 1900 by the Earl of Minto, governor general of Canada. The young Queen Victoria is represented in ceremonial garb, wearing a crown and holding a sceptre in her right hand.