HRH The Princess Royal unveils new sculpture of artist, Terence Tenison Cuneo, Cvo, Obe, Rgi, (1907 - 1996)

25 Oct 2004
  • London's Waterloo Station
  • Tuesday 26 October 2004

On Tuesday 26 October, HRH The Princess Royal, will unveil a new bronze sculpture of the famous artist, Terence Cuneo. This new work of art was created by Philip Jackson, MA, FRBS, FRSA, and is his sixth such work in London alone.
Philip Jackson was commissioned by The Terence Cuneo Memorial Trust to create a permanent sculpture of the artist in recognition of the significance of his contribution to the art world. Network Rail is proud to locate the sculpture in a prominent position at its London Waterloo Station overlooking Eurostar's Waterloo International Terminal.
Terence Cuneo (1907 – 1996) is particularly famous for the magnificent railway works of art he painted throughout his life. It is fitting that the memorial to him is positioned at Waterloo where it can be viewed by domestic and international travellers. Cuneo's railway subjects included historic steam and modern trains, such as Eurostar. He was also the official artist for the Coronation painting for HM Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953. Other subjects included military, industrial, agricultural, aviation, equestrian and many different portraits of his trademark symbol - the mouse.
Famous for his mastery of the human form and its many emotions, Philip Jackson, has been responsible for some of Britain's most important 'landmark' sculptures in recent years. These include the Jubilee Statue unveiled by HM the Queen in Windsor Great Park in 2003 and The Yomper at the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea, commemorating the Royal Marines' contribution in the Falklands War. Other works in London are The Young Mozart, The Wallenberg Monument, The Gurkha, The Chelsea Pensioner and Champions.
Chairman of The Terence Cuneo Memorial Trust, The Hon Sir William McAlpine Bt, commented: "We are delighted to have achieved the Trust's objective to have a sculpture of Cuneo to celebrate this great man's achievements. To have one of Britain'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. Carole Cuneo and family have spent a great deal of time and effort bringing this project to fruition and we all are sure that he would be thrilled with this sculpture and to be remembered in such an important railway location."
As part of the unveiling ceremony, HRH The Princess Royal will present a cheque for £1,500 to Miss 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.