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Bust of Sir Joseph Bazalgette
Victoria Embankment, London
associated engineer
Sir Joseph William Bazalgette
date  1899
era  Victorian  |  category  Monument to Engineer  |  reference  TQ308829
Bronze bust of Sir Joseph Bazalgette (1819-91), who served as Chief Engineer on London's new Metropolitan Board of Works from 1855, and designed and built London's sewerage system, 1855-80.
The Victoria Embankment is a fitting location for his likeness, for both Victoria and Chelsea embankments were constructed as part of the drainage works. 32 acres of Thames-side mud were reclaimed and replaced with three and a half miles of public gardens, roadway, parapets, trees and cast-iron lamps, under which ran the new District and Circle Lines.
The bust is by George Simmons and was raised in 1899. It is the centrepiece of a monument bearing the inscription, 'flumini vincula posuit' - 'he placed chains on the river'.
reference sources   LiqHistOSH

Bust of Sir Joseph Bazalgette