Achilles

I woke up early and thought I should go and have a quick look at Richard Westmacott’s colossal statue of Achilles, one of those commemorative statues one half knows about and never really bothers to look at.   It’s pretty magnificent, on an epic scale, straight out of central casting, and designed by Westmacott as a memorial to the Duke of Wellington’s victories at Salamanca, Vittoria, Toulouse and Waterloo.   The fact that it was paid for by donations from the women of Britain led to a certain amount of ribaldry, including a cartoon by George Cruikshank of the Backside & front view of the ladies fancy-man:-

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