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Statue with ancient Greece theme in the entrance of Hyde Park.

The biggest and most obvious statue in Hyde Park is the Wellington Monument (1822), another example of work by Westmacott.

Much more than the marble arch sculpture, this shows why Westmacott was so highly regarded. It consists of a nude Achilles, with cloak draped over his arm, his armour beside him. He carries a leaf-shaped short sword, and holds aloft a shield. The whole effect is heroic indeed, and the statue is nicely elevated on a pediment of plain granite blocks in two colours.

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Additional Photos by Stella Leivadi (stelli) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 92 N: 420] (3009)
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