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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast group
District
City of London
Town
City of London
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
Maker
John Flaxman RA (Sculptor)
Ceremony
  • Opened
    Date: 13-05-1818
    Attended by:
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
11732
Current location

St. Paul's Cathedral
St Paul;s Churchyard
City of London
City of London
Greater London
EC4M 8AD
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 32035 81148
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
In the South Transept, centre aisle, Nelson stands on a pedestal in his Peer Robes, left hand resting on an anchor, with British lion on his right and Britannia on his left with two midshipmen. FRIEZE ON PEDESTAL OF A SEA GOD AND TWO SPHINXES Sculpted marble free-standing monument with a life-size statue of Admiral Nelson on a circular podium carved in relief with figures, an allegorical female figure instructing two boys below, a crouching lion to the right. The commemorated has a thick fur-lined cloak over his right shoulder, his left hand rests on the knot of a large coil of rope which is tied to an anchor. The statue stands on a large circular podium inscribed and carved in relief with figures of river gods and other symbols. On the left a female allegorical figure with plumed helmet and masked breastplate guides two boys who look up at the commemorated (one of the boys holds a sextant). At the right a lion crouches beside the podium. The whole rests on a low rectangular podium with the memorial inscription, on a rectangular stone base.
Inscription
round circular plinth: COPENHAGEN, NILE, TRAFALGAR on base: ERECTED AT THE PUBLIC EXPENSE/ TO THE MEMORY OF/ VICE-ADMIRAL HORATIO VISCOUNT NELSON K.B./ TO RECORD HIS SPLENDID AND UNPARALLELLED ACHIEVEMENTS./ DURING A LIFE SPENT IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY/ AND TERMINATED IN THE MOMENT OF VICTORY BY A GLORIOUS DEATH,/ IN THE MEMORABLE ACTION OFF CAPE TRAFALGER ON THE XX1 OF OCTOBER MDCCCV./ LORD NELSON WAS BORN ON THE XXIX OF SEPTEMBER MDCCLVIII. / THE BATTLE OF THE NILE WAS FOUGHT ON THE I AUGUST MDCCXCVIII./ THE BATTLE OF COPENHAGEN ON THE II OF APRIL MDCCCI.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Nelson, Horatio
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Commemorations
  • Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,year died,place of death,forename,additional
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Site: £6,300
Comments: Commissioned by Dean and Chapter of St Paul's 1807 and paid for by public subscription

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference
  • St Paul's Cathedral Inventory Inv no.2491
  • The Times p3/14-05-1818
  • ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL by BURMAN, PETER P.124, 161 Source: Image Library NIWM

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