SJ8498 : Duke of Wellington from the rear

taken 6 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Duke of Wellington from the rear
Duke of Wellington from the rear
The Wellington monument in Piccadilly is by Matthew Noble.

The thirteen-foot larger than life statue of the Duke of Wellington shows him in later life dressed in a frock-coat with military decorations as though speaking in the House of Lords with his military dispatches at his feet.

Below him at each corner of the square granite pedestal are four bronze figures, Mars, Minerva, Victory and Peace, representing his attributes, and below and between these are four bronze relief panels showing the high points of his career.

The inauguration of the monument on 30 August 1856 attracted as many as 100,000 spectators and was widely reported. The commentator in the Gentleman's Magazine described how "[t]he mayor having, on behalf of the corporation, accepted the statue, commanded it to be unveiled, which was done amid loud cheering, the band playing the national anthem, and the fountains beginning to play simultaneously"

According to a contemporary source, the bronze used in the monument weighed 10 tons, while the granite for the pedestal weighed 100 tons, so it really is "colossal."

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Wednesday, 24 July, 2013   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 28 July, 2013
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Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
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Duke of Wellington  Matthew Noble 
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Piccadilly Gardens 
Date (from Tags)
1856 
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