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Quintin Hogg was the son of Sir James Weir Hogg, East India Company Chairman and MP. After schooling at Eton, Hogg went into the sugar trade. He proved highly successful, and in the course of his business career took on directorship of a number of other firms. A religious man, his main concern was philanthropy and in particular providing education to the poor. In 1887 he purchased the lease of the failing Royal Polytechnic Institution in Regent Street, which had been founded in 1838, and turned it into an institution under public management, providing instruction and recreation for young men and women from less well-off backgrounds. Hogg had particular success in providing technical training. With him as its president, the Polytechnic became the largest adult education provider in London. He died in his flat on the premises, asphyxiated by fumes from a gas heater.
bronze & Portland stone
H 190 x W 180 x D (?) cm;
Plinth: H 335 x W (?) x D (?) cm
commissioned by the Regents Street Polytechnic
Westminster City Council
Westminster City Council
Grade II (England and Wales)
24th November 1906
at all times
on the front of the group's self-base: GEO. FRAMPTON / 1906
on the front of the pedestal: QUINTIN / HOGG / 1845-1903 / ERECTED / BY THE MEMBERS / OF THE / POLYTECHNIC / TO THE / MEMORY / OF THEIR / FOUNDER; on the west side of the pedestal: 1845-1918 / ALICE A. HOGG / WHOSE UNFAILING / LOVE & DEVOTION / CONTRIBUTED SO / GREATLY TO THE / SUCCESS OF THE / POLYTECHNIC; on the east side of the pedestal: 1914-1918 / PRO PATRIA / TO THE MEMBERS / OF THE POLYTECHNIC / WHO MADE THE / SUPREME SACRIFICE / 1939-1945