A new statue of Sir Hans Sloane has been unveiled at Chelsea Physic Garden's new Garden of Medicinal Plants which was was formally opened by the Earl of Cadogan.
The new Garden of Medicinal Plants, designed by head gardener Nick Bailey, as a journey through the historical and contemporary use of medicinal plants throughout the world, continues a centuries-old tradition of informing visitors about the importance of plants in their lives.
It includes a display of plants currently under investigation for future medicines.
The statue by Simon Smith is after the original from 1737 by John Michael Rysbrack (1694-1771), the most prominent Baroque style sculptor in Britain at that time.
Hugh Seaborn, chief executive of Cadogan, said: "The Cadogan Estate has been in the same family ownership for more than 300 years, today spanning over 90 acres of Chelsea and Knightsbridge. Our foundations were established in 1717 when Charles, 2nd Baron Cadogan, married Elizabeth Sloane, daughter of Sir Hans Sloane - who had purchased the Manor of Chelsea in 1712. It’s wonderful to celebrate that legacy today."
Sir Hans Sloane was a physician, apothecary, botanist, collector, and first president of the Royal Society, and was landlord and lifelong supporter of Chelsea Physic Garden. I
In 1983 the original statue was moved to the British Museum. The new statue replaces a replica.
The total cost of the two-phase garden project is £93,000. More than £100,000 in donations have come from the Stanley Smith Trust, Western Riverside Environmental Fund (WREF), The Steel Charitable Trust, John Spedan Lewis Foundation, The Leathersellers’ Company and other trusts and major donors.
The statue and associated work was funded by Cadogan.