The Princess Royal came to Waterloo station's concourse on Tuesday afternoon to unveil a new bronze sculpture of noted artist Terence Cuneo.
The Princess Royal unveils the sculpture
The Princess in conversation with scuptor Philip Jackson and Terence Cuneo's daughter Carole
In 1953 he was the official artist for the Coronation painting of Queen Elizabeth II. During the ceremony at Waterloo the Princess Royal spoke of how she had grown up with Cuneo's work, seeing it "literally every day" when using the lift at Buckingham Palace.
The sculpture incorporates a mouse – a reference to Cuneo's habit of including a rodent in each of his paintings
"We are delighted to have achieved the trust's objective to have a scupture of Cuneo to celebrate this great man's achievements" commented Sir William McAlpine, chairman of the Memorial Trust. "To have one of Brtiain's most pre-eminent sculptors create this work of art makes it even more special. It is also a great honour that HRH The Princess Royal is performing the unveiling and marks the close relationship Cuneo had with the Royal Family. Carol Cuneo and family have spent a great deal of time and effort bringing this this project to fruition and we are all sure that he would have been thrilled with this stature and to be remembered in such an important railway location."
The sculpture has been financed by donations from a variety of sources. The list of contributors was headed up by HM The Queen.
During the ceremony the Princess also presented a cheque for £1,500 to Veronica Smirnoff, a student from University College London's Slade School of Fine Art. The Terence Cuneo Memorial Trust intends to endow an ongoing annual prize for the Slade's best undergraduate student to commemorate Terence Cuneo who was a student at the Slade. The Princess, who is Chancellor of the University of London, described the prize as a "fitting memorial" and "long-term testament".
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