One of history's supposedly most prude monarchs has had a 127-year-old statue of herself defaced by a feminist graffiti artist.
Queen Victoria, immortalised in sculpture in College Green, Bristol, was made 'anatomically correct' by the spray can-carrying perpetrator on Thursday.
The royal, whose historic reign is the second-longest in British history, was noticed posing in all her glory later that day.
She was painted with legs and private parts by feminist street artist 'Vag Graff'.
Some thought the move was disrespectful, saying they were sad to see Victoria's statue vandalised.
— Bertram Fiddle (@BertramFiddle) January 7, 2016
#Bristol Sad to see Joseph Boehm's marble statue of Victoria in College Green has been defaced. Hope there's no permanent damage.
— Simon Gurr (@simongurr) January 8, 2016
While others were far less concerned and were simply enjoying the good humour.
Somebody spraypainted a big hairy bush on the statue of Victoria at college green. This is objectively hilarious, yet the internet ruined it
— Clarrie Maguire (@problem_chimp) January 8, 2016
That picture of the post-graffiti Queen Victoria statue in Bristol is destined to be the cover picture for a Nineteenth-Century conference.
— Pete Orford (@DrPeteOrford) January 8, 2016
Commenting, Graff defended the move saying she "thought it was about time people saw Queen Victoria's vaj".
— Vaj Graff (@VajGraff) January 7, 2016
There were reports from people who claimed to have seen the statue on Friday that the paint had since been washed off.
A petition calling on Graff to apologise for causing the stir was started, but only managed to muster five signatures.
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