About Boudica & Her Daughters, Westminster Bridge
Sculpted by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists and considered his magnum opus, Thomas Thornycroft’s Boudica & Her Daughters is a spectacular bronze statue depicting Boudica, queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe, holding a spear on a scythed chariot drawn by two rearing horses and accompanied by her two daughters.
It is both one of London’s most iconic statues – sitting at the entrance to Westminster Bridge across from Parliament Square and the Palace of Westminster – and also one of its most ironic in that it’s in the centre of the city she destroyed.
After Thornycroft’s death in 1885, his son Sir John Isaac Thornycroft oversaw it’s completion and the funding by public subscription and it was eventually installed in 1902 on a granite plinth by Thomas Graham Jackson. It is one of only two chariot group sculptures in London – the other is atop Constitutional Arch in Hyde Park Corner by sculptor Adrian Jones called Peace in her Quadriga – and an inscription added a year after installation reads ‘Boadicea/Queen of the Iceni/Who died AD61/After leading her people/Against the Roman invader.’