St. Paul's Cathedra
Bronze statue on a marble base. From PMSA: Wesley is shown stepping forward, pointing upwards with his right hand, and holding a bible in his left. He wears cravat, bands and a flowing cassock. The1988 bronze statue is after a 1825-49 original in marble by Samuel Manning the Elder and Samuel Manning the Younger. The marble statue by Samuel Manning the Younger, after a plaster model by his father, stands now in Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. It was placed there after the closure of the Richmond Theological Institution in 1972. Samuel Manning the Elder's plaster model had been exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1825, but it was only after the death of the older Manning that his son finally translated it into marble.
Wesley was the founder of Methodism. This evangelical movement grew from the 'Holy Club' of his Oxford friends, in the late 1720s, into the most influential religious group in eighteenth-century Britain. A Church of England clergyman, Wesley gave sermons around the country, averaging 8,000 miles a year on horseback, and wrote hundreds of hymns and tracts. The reluctance of the Anglican clergy to lend him their pulpits led him, urged on by fellow clergyman George Whitefield, to preach in the open air. This unorthodox decision ensured Methodism reached the masses as well as people who were alienated by the Church's complacency. He was the brother of Charles and uncle of Samuel.