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Statue of Thomas Guy
Northern Side of the Thomas Guy Statue at Guys Hospital.jpg
The statue in 2020
Artist Peter Scheemakers
Completion date c.‚ÄČ1732
Subject Thomas Guy
Location London, England
Owner Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

A statue of Thomas Guy stands in the forecourt of Guy's Hospital in the borough of Southwark in Central London. The statue is Grade II listed.

Due to Guy's controversial connection with the Transatlantic Slave trade, the statue has come under scrutiny.

History

Thomas Guy was a British member of Parliament, investor and bookseller. He held shares in the South Sea Company. Due to a brief period where the company attempted to sell slaves in Spanish America, he is seen as a controversial figure.

The bronze statue was cast by Peter Scheemakers between 1731 and 1734.

In June 2020, during the George Floyd protests in the United Kingdom following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, many controversial statues became the target of attacks and scrutiny. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan established the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm in order to review statues and monuments in the city. The Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust announced that they would work with Khan on the issue. The Statue was boarded up on 12 June. As of 10 August 2020 the statue remains covered.

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