Gladstone Memorial to William E. Gladstone stands in The Strand, in front of St. Clement Danes. Unveiled 4.11.1905. Allegorical figures around the base represent Courage, Education, Aspiration + Brotherhood. Also represented are the arms of Gladstone's constituencies, Midlothian, Oxford University, the Duchy of Lancaster + Newark. Designed by Sir W.E. Thornycroft, the architect was J. Lee.
Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone Dizzy versus the Grand Old Man Queen Victoria adored the dandyish Benjamin Disraeli, who coaxed her out of mourning and made her Empress of India. She abhorred the priggish William Gladstone, complaining that he addressed her “as if I were a public meeting”. The cynical, witty, opportunistic, romantic Jewish Tory versus the austere, moralistic, self-righteous, self-flagellating Anglican Liberal is the definitive clash between the politician as showman an