Wet copy of a letter by Decimus Burton to the Commissioners of Woods and Forests regarding the equestrian statue on the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, London, dated 24 July 1846 (page 1)

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RIBApix ref no RIBA97736
Architect/DesignerBurton, Decimus (1800-1881)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1846
Image Date1846
Library ReferenceBuD/2/11(i)
Colour / B&W Colour
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: The Arch was first built, in 1826-1827 to designs by Burton, as an entranceway to Buckingham Palace which was at the time being remodelled by Nash for George IV. Although intended to have a sculpture atop it, the building works for Arch and Screen and Buckingham Palace were such that money for the sculpture was denied. It was not until 1846 that a statue of Wellington designed by Matthew Cotes Wyatt was created and placed atop the Arch - to much controversy as the statue was considered out of proportion to the Arch. The Wyatt statue remained until the Arch was moved to the south-east for a new road to relieve traffic - the equestrian statue was then re-erected in Aldershot. The present quadriga atop the Wellington Arch by Adrian Jones was added in 1912.

Subject tags

statues, triumphal arches