'Mr Benson's Trophy', 1862.
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Plate taken from the 'Illustrated London News'. James William Benson was a clockmaker. His crafting of the St. James' clock, considered to rival 'Big Ben', won prizes at the International Exhibitions of London in 1862, Paris in 1867, and Vienna in 1873, the first of which is commemorated by the 'trophy' at Ludgate Hill. Benson founded Benson and Co of London and was appointed as clockmaker to Queen Victoria (1819-1901).