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The statue of Robert Milligan.

The statue of Robert Milligan.
Statue of Robert Milligan.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H0338
Description: This statue depicts Robert Milligan (c. 1746-1809) who was largely responsible for the construction of the West India Docks. Milligan was a wealthy West India merchant and shipowner, having previously managed his family's Jamaica sugar plantations. Outraged at losses due to theft and delay at London's riverside wharves, Milligan headed a group of powerful businessmen who planned and built West India Docks. Milligan served as both Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the West India Dock Company. Following his death in May 1809, the dock Company commissioned a commemorative statue from sculpture Richard Westmacott. The statue initially stood on its current site (1813-1875) and was later moved to the nearby Main Gate (1875-1943). Following spells in store and at the London Dock, it was re-erected at West India Quay in February 1997 by the London Docklands Development Corporation.
Creator: Richard Westmacott
Date: c. 1813
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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