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Majestic Burmese comes to Talos

An exclusive opportunity to see sculpture of HM Queen Elizabeth II on Burmese, her favourite horse. Sculpted by Caroline Wallace, cast at Talos Foundry and originally commissioned for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

We are proud to announce the arrival of a life-size bronze sculpture of the late Queen Elizabeth II riding her favourite horse, Burmese. Delivered to Talos Art Gallery on 8 May the sculpture will feature centre stage at our Summer Exhibition [25 May - 21 July] allowing visitors to get up close and admire the detail of the work as well as enjoy from a distance, set amongst our gallery gardens with the Wiltshire vista behind.

Delicate crane work required to deliver the sculpture safely to the gallery garden

The sculpture, cast in bronze at the Talos Art Foundry in Hampshire, is the second edition of the sculpture by Caroline Wallace. The original stands outside the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and was commissioned to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. 

Burmese unveiled at RMA Sandhurst
The sculpture unveiled at RMA Sandhurst

The statue depicts The Queen mounted on her favourite charger, Burmese and is modelled on Her Majesty at Trooping the Colour in 1984. The mare Burmese was given to The Queen by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1969 and was ridden by her at Trooping the Colour for 18 consecutive years.

Foundry and Gallery owner Richard Atkinson-Willes oversaw production and installation of the first edition at Sandhurst, where the sculpture was unveiled by Prince Edward. 

“I want to congratulate the sculptor and the foundry, I’m sure it’s been every bit as challenging a project as you can imagine,” — said Prince Edward just before he uncovered the statue.

This really is an exclusive opportunity to see the statue at our Talos Summer Exhibition before it moves on to a new, but as yet undisclosed, location. The sculpture was transported and craned into position in the gallery garden by local company F G Bond and Son of Chippenham. They made it look easy but this bronze sculpture of Queen Elizabeth 2 mounted on her horse 'Burmese' weighs over a ton and requires millimetre accuracy and precision crane work.

The one ton bronze of Queen Elizabeth 2 and her horse 'Burmese' delivered with millimetre accuracy by F G Bond & Son of Chippenham.

HM Queen Elizabeth II on Burmese being installed at RMA Sandhurst

The Talos Gallery offers everyone the opportunity to see major commissions straight from the foundry, many of which are destined for prestigious owners overseas. The sculpture of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Burmese will be at the Talos Art Gallery Summer Exhibition, which runs from 25th May until 21st July – click here for opening times.

Talos Foundry and Burmese as seen in The Times

Equine Sculptor Caroline Wallace

Caroline launched her career in sculpture after she suffered an accident which forced her to refocus what she wanted to do. Starting with commissions for clients, specialising in horses and dogs, she broadened her scope to other animals and birds as well as portraiture and even a tall ship.

Life size orders followed, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s racehorse ‘Special Cargo’ for Sandown Park racecourse and ‘Double Trigger’ for Doncaster racecourse. Other commissions include Trevor Hemmings two Grand National winners ‘Hedgehunter’ and ‘Ballabriggs’.

See more of Carline’s work on her own site
Caroline Wallace's majestic sculpture takes centre stage in the front gallery gardens.

For more information about this commission or Talos Art Gallery or Foundry

CONTACT: Richard Atkinson-Willes


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