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  THE ALBERT MEMORIAL - In London, on the south side of the Kensington Gardens, at the west end of the city, stands the colossal monument erected by Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, and a grateful people, in memory of Prince Albert, her husband. In order to properly understand the engraving on this page, the reader is to know that an iron fence surrounds the monument, and two stages of marble steps ascend pyramidally to the gothic canopy. The canopy rises on four columns with many finials to a total height of perhaps one hundred feet and the final spire ends in a cross one hundrd and seventy-five feet above the ground. At each pillar of the canopy is a large group of statuary, and on the ground below, at each corner of the iron enclosure, stands a block of stone surmounted by a group typifying one of the four quarters of the earth - "Europe," "Asia," "Africa" and "America." In front of Victoria House, the British Building, at Chicago, was the reproduction of "America" portrayed in the engraving. It was fittingly conceived as at once a generous gift to Chicago and a memorial of Prince Albert, who, among modern rulers and consorts, occupies a station that philosophers might envy. The sculptor represent Liberty or Civilization, her breast emblazoned with the stars of our States, extending her empire over the Indian and the wild buffalo. This group was cast by the Doultons, and offered to visitors at the Fair an opportunity to study at least one of four continental ideas in sculpture that have captivated the imagination of the world.
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