Leo Stevenson: The Hibbert Gate
2000 | bronze, stone | Adjacent to North Dock West (exterior) | Art Map reference: 12
This replica of the main gate was commissioned to commemorate the original entrance to the West India Docks, which was built in 1803. The ship on top of the arch is a West Indiaman named Hibbert which went to sea between 1785 and 1813.
It travelled extensively to the West Indies, bringing back sugar, rum, cotton, coffee and tropical hardwoods. All drawings of the ship are now lost but this model by artist Leo Stevenson was made based on extensive research into records of West Indiamen of the period.