I’ve realised that I don’t know much about Alfred Drury RA, even in spite of the fact that I walk past his statue of Joshua Reynolds nearly every day. The answer is that he is a classic late nineteenth-century monumental sculptor, much admired in his day and responsible for major works of sculpture in northern cities, as well as work on the Victoria Memorial and on the façade of the old War Office, but now pretty much forgotten. A chorister in Oxford and protégé of Alfred Stevens, he was trained in South Kensington by F.W. Moody and then, after four years in Paris working for Jules Dalou, went to work as an assistant to Joseph Boehm. He became an RA in November 1913, was keen on roses, and died in Wimbledon in 1944.