C.H. Mabey snr also modelled the sphinxes for Cleopatra’s Needle and the bronze work at the base of the needle. In add- ition, the Temple Bar memorial has three panels designed and made by him. An important surviving work is the Grade II listed mausoleum built by C.H. and J. Mabey and supervised by T.H. Vernon for Eustratio Stephen Ralli (1800–1884) and family to the design of Edward Middleton Barry (1830–1880).
C.H. Mabey father and son worked together from 1882 or thereabouts. One notable work was the bust of Gladstone. C.H. Mabey father and son stayed at No. 10 Downing Street for three days. On completion of the bust Gladstone told them that Mrs. Gladstone had said that it was the best likeness she had seen, adding ‘she ought to know’
In 1872 C.H. Mabey snr was engaged on the figure models for Burlington House, Picca- dilly. In the studio in 1882 C.H. Mabey father and son were modelling a large figure of Brit- annia for South Africa and obtained a large block of Sicilian Marble. When the work was finished and ready for shipping a cable arrived saying they had no means of lifting it into position, and it would have to be sawn into pieces. Terrible, but there was no alternative.
In 1891 C.H. Mabey father and son worked at Knowsley Hall, near Liverpool, the seat of Lord Derby, who was to entertain HRH the Duke of Clarence. However, the visit did not materialize because the Duke passed away suddenly in January 1892. His mother the Princess of Wales later Queen Alexandra commissioned C.H. Mabey jnr to execute a tablet to be erected in his memory in a West End Hospital.
In 1906 a dinner was given to the Overseas Premiers at the National Liberal Club. The Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836–1908) introduced C.H. Mabey jnr to General Louis Botha (1862–1919). Winston Churchill was also present.
They called to see the bust of Gladstone that had just been comp- leted at 10 Downing Street. The original plaster bust was given to the National Liberal Club. (Source Philip Young. great great grandson of CH Mabey Senior- FOWNC newsletter 101)