Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Statue of Historic Figure: Dr. David Livingstone - London, England

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Dr. David Livingstone
London, England
Topic: Statue of Historic Figures

GPS: N51° 30.091; W000° 10.492

Quick Description: 

A statue of explorer and medical missionary Dr. David Livingstone is installed in a niche on the north side Royal Geographic Society building in London, England.

Long Description:

In 1951 the The Royal Geographical Society approached the Royal Society of British Sculptors to suggest the names possible sculptors for proposed statue of Dr. David Livingstone. The Royal Geographic Society selected a model created by Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones. The statue was unveiled on October 23, 1953.
A 6' tall bronze sculpture of David Livingstone is installed in a rectangular granite niche 6' feet above ground level outside the Royal Geographic Society building on Kensington Road. Dr. Livingstone is wearing a peaked cap with a flap in the back, collared shirt, tie, and long trousers. he is standing on a bronze plinth with his right foot slightly forward. He is leaning on a can held in his right hand and is carrying a jacked under his left arm while holding a book in his left hand.

Inscribed in the bottom of the granite niche below the statue is the simple inscription:


David Livingstone was born on March 19, 1813 Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He studied medicine, midwifery and botany at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School from 1838 to 1840.

David's developed an interest in nature and science and sought to investigate the relationship between science and religion. Hoping to eliminate the African slave trade through the influence of legitimate trade and the spread of Christianity, Livingstone travelled as a medical missionary to the land north of Bechuanaland on Southern Africa.

From 1852 - 1856 he explored the interior of Africa and was the first European to view the Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall which he named Victoria Falls after, Queen Victoria). From March 1858 until the middle of 1864 he explored the Zambezi River and became the first European to reach Lake Malawi. In January 1866, Livingstone returned to Zanzibar in Africa and set out to find the source of the Nile River. He identified either Lake Albert or Lake Victoria as the source.

In 1869, he became extremely ill began with Livingstone finding himself extremely ill while in the jungle. He lost contact with the outside world for six years and was ill for most of the last four years of his life. In 1869 the New York Herald commissioned Henry Morton Stanley to Africa to contact Livingstone. Livingstone was found in ill health on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on November 10, 1871. Stanley greeted him with the famous words "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Livingstone died in Zambia on May 1, 1873 from malaria and dysentery.

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