The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4

Allen, Thomas

1827

Statue of Achilles.

This figure of a naked warrior is eighteen feet in height, and is placed on a massy pedestal of granite, on which is the following inscription:

To Arthur, duke of Wellington, and his brave companions in arms, this statue of Achilles, cast from cannon taken in the battles of Salamanca, Vittoria, Toulouse and Waterloo, is inscribed by their country women.

On the base,

Placed on this spot the

18th day of June

.

1822

, by command of his majesty, George IV.

This statue was executed by Mr. Westmacott, and is a copy of an ancient bronze figure placed on the Quirinal hill at Rome, where it was grouped with a horse which was discovered near it. Antiquaries have conjectured that the hero intended to be represented was Castor, the patron of the art of horsemanship. Others conceive the horse to have made no part of the original group, and suppose the statue to be that of an ancient , or of Achilles. This last idea has been adopted by Mr. Westmacott, who has placed a

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Grecian shield on his left arm.

The appropriation of such a statue to an English military hero of the present age is extremely absurd, and will be a lasting reproach to the persons who chose it; for it has no analogy to England, to Wellington, to the army, or to the arts or customs of our times.

Immense alterations have been made within the few last years between and ; an elegant square, the houses of the character has been formed from the designs of George Basevi esq. It is called , in compliment to the heir of the noble house of Grosvenor. The principal part was commenced by Mr. Cubilt in . At the south west corner is an elegant villa, erected from the designs of H. E. Kendall, esq. for T. R. Kemp, esq. M. P. Here is an elegant church, entitled

 
 
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[] Picture of London, 1827, p. 195.

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 Title Page
 Dedication
CHAPTER I: Site, local divisions, and government of the City of Westminster; history of the Abbey; Coronation Ceremonies; and lists of the Abbots and Deans
CHAPTER II: Westminster Abbey, and Description of the Tombs and Monuments
CHAPTER III: History and Topography of St. Margaret's Parish
CHAPTER IV: History and Topography of St. John's Parish, Westminster
CHAPTER V: History and Topography of the parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, Westminster
CHAPTER VI: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. James, Westminster
CHAPTER VII: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Anne, Westminster
CHAPTER VIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Paul, Covent Garden
CHAPTER IX: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Mary-le-strand
CHAPTER X: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. Clement Danes
CHAPTER XI: History and Topography of the parish of st. George, Hanover Square
CHAPTER XII: History and Topography of the Precinct of the Savoy
CHAPTER XIII: History and Topography of the Inns of Court
CHAPTER XIV: History and Topography of the Precincts of the Charter-house and Ely Place, and the Liberty of the Rolls
 CHAPTER XV: Historical Notices of the Borough of Southwark
CHAPTER XVI: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Olave, Southwark
CHAPTER XVII: History and Topography of the parish of St. John, Southwark
CHAPTER XVIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Thomas, Southwark
CHAPTER XIX: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. George's, Southwark
CHAPTER XX: History and Topography of St. Saviour's Parish
CHAPTER XXI: History and Topography of the parist of Christ-church in the County of Surrey
 CHAPTER XXII: A List of the Principal Books, &c that have been published in Illustration of the Antiquities, History, Topography, and other subjects treated of in this Work
 Addenda et Corrigienda
 Postscript