Albert Memorial

Charles Barry Junior

Competition design for the Albert Memorial by Charles Barry Junior

Watercolour
Architect: Charles Barry Junior (1823-1900)
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings & Archive Collections


As the eldest son of Sir Charles Barry, famed architect of the Houses of Parliament, Charles Barry Junior had much to live up to. He trained in his father's office before embarking on projects with Robert Richardson Banks, and later with his younger brother Edward Middleton Barry.

This watercolour was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1864, alongside another design Barry completed for the Prince Consort Memorial. A large equestrian statue stands proudly on top of a mausoleum type structure. It is a relatively modest design in comparison to some of the other competition entries.

Barry's other design is slightly more imposing. It consists of a freestanding upright statue of Albert, stood on a plinth beneath a giant arch structure with a galleried dome above.

Neither of Barry's designs was successful, however he did go on to have a relatively prosperous career. Amongst his buildings are Dulwich College, and between 1876 and 1879 he was President of the RIBA.