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London Art at Site www.londonart.info Richard	Westmacott	Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington as “Achilles”
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Richard Westmacott

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington as “Achilles”

1822
Park Lane, Mayfair
Website
www.dailyphotostream.blogspot.nl/, Monuments in Hyde Park, The Royal Parks
The cost of £10,000 was donated by British women. The bronze came from cannons captured in military campaigns by the Duke of Wellington at Salamanca, Vittoria, Toulouse and Waterloo. This was London’s first public nude statue since antiquity and despite its fig leaf it was still controversial. The entrance gates to Hyde Park were too low to get it through and a hole had to be knocked in the adjoining wall.”