Wellington Monument (Achille's Statue), London

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  • This statue was made from the bronze of cannons captured in Wellington's campaigns in France and it was the first statue placed in Hyde Park.  more »
  • This is one of three memorials to the Duke of Wellington within a stone’s throw of each other at Hyde Park Corner and the Duke’s residence at Apsley House. The bronze statue is remarkable for a...  more »
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  • This colossal bronze Achilles (1822), the first statue erected in the Park, idealises Wellington (bearing his likeness) elevating him into the realm of the mythological. The nudity controversial back in the day, implying truth, strength and honour, the pose unabashedly steadfast and vigilant. Homeric, but nowadays this would be Epic,....innit ?.
  • The 18ft statue of Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan War, commemorates the soldier and politician, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852). It was installed by order of King George III and unveiled on 18 June 1822. Located near the Queen Elizabeth Gate at Hyde Park Corner, the statue of Achilles was the first statue installed in Hyde Park and was commissioned by a patriotic, upper class society, known as Ladies of England. The statue was made by Sir Richard Westmacott using 33 tonnes of bronze from cannons captured in Wellington's campaigns in France. The body of the statue is modelled on a Roman figure on Monte Cavallo in Italy. The head is based on the Duke himself. The statue was originally completely nude and caused outrage so a small fig leaf had to be added soon after it was installed.

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