Queen Victoria died in January 1901. By April, Brock had been chosen as the sculptor of an official memorial to be erected in the Mall near Buckingham Palace. It was eventually completed in 1924. This bust is similar to the head of the seated figure of the Queen on that monument. Brock took advantage of his official commission to make some extra busts for private sale. They share with the memorial statue a monumental severity appropriate to Victoria, who had become the symbol of British power and pre-eminence in the world.