Achilles

An 18ft bronze statue of Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan War, carrying a sword and shield with his armour beside him. It stands on a plinth of Dartmoor granite near Hyde Park Corner, between the Broad Walk and Lovers’ Walk.

Dedicated to the Duke of Wellington and his victories in the Peninsular War and later stages of the Napoleonic Wars and installed by order of King George III. Modelled on a Roman soldier but the head is said to be based on that of Wellington.

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.

http://www.royalparks.org.uk/press/factsheets-on-the-royal-parks/monuments/monuments-in-hyde-park
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Achilles

Achilles

An 18ft bronze statue of Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan War, carrying a sword and shield with his armour beside him. It stands on a plinth of Dartmoor granite near Hyde Park Corner, between the Broad Walk and Lovers’ Walk.

Dedicated to the Duke of Wellington and his victories in the Peninsular War and later stages of the Napoleonic Wars and installed by order of King George III. Modelled on a Roman soldier but the head is said to be based on that of Wellington.

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.

http://www.royalparks.org.uk/press/factsheets-on-the-royal-parks/monuments/monuments-in-hyde-park
Ref:
Date:
Location:
Hyde Park Gate, London
Photographer:
© Images that go BAM, Brent Alexander McTavish