In what European capital can you view the city’s first nude statue by Sir Richard Westmacott erected in 1822?
Achilles by Richard Westmacott
The Wellington Monument typically refers to the monument to Arthur Wellesley, the first duke of Wellington, and his victories in the Peninsular War and the latter stages of the Napoleonic Wars, sited at the south-western end of Park Lane in London. It was inaugurated on 18 June 1822. Its total height, including the sculpture, base and the mound on which it stands, is 36 ft
It is best known for its colossal 18 ft high statue of Achilles by the sculptor Richard Westmacott, produced from melted-down captured enemy cannon. This was London’s first public nude sculpture since antiquity and, though the artist had already included a fig leaf over the figure’s genitalia.
London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.