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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Dublin 1769 - Walmer Castle 1852
British soldier and statesman
(Wikipedia)
Francis Leggatt Chantrey & Henry Weekes
1844

London /  Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington   London /  Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Description

Bronze equestrian statue

Inscription(s)

WELLINGTON


erected
june 18
1844

Information Sign

on 19th july 1838, the court of common council of the city of london agreed
to a contribution of £500 toward the cost of the above statue of the duke
of wellington in appreciation of his efforts in assisting the passage of
the london bridge approaches act 1827. this act led to the creation of king
william street. the government donated the metal, which is bronze from captured
enemy cannon melted down after the battle of waterloo, and valued at the
time at £1500. the total cost of the statue was £9000. the remainder being
raised by public subscription.

the sculptor, sir francis chantrey (1781 to 1841), was commissioned in 1838
but died before the work was completed. it was finished by his assistant
henry weekes (1807 to 1877).

the lord mayor, william magnay, unveiled the statue on 18th june 1844, the
anniversary of waterloo, in the presence of his guest the king of saxony.

adjoining the statue, a piece of granite from london bridge (1825 to 1967)
has been set into the pavement by the corporation of london. the elevational
stonework from the same bridge was re-erected over the colorado river
in lake havasu city, arizona, usa, in 1971

London - Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

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Location (N 51°30'48" - W 0°5'18")

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