Duke of Wellington


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Reference WMO255399

Address:

St Mary's Street

Brecon

LD3 7AA

Wales

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Figure sculpture
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
Conflicts:
  • Battle of Waterloo (1815)
About the memorial: STANDING LIFE SIZE FIGURE OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON. FRIEZES OF HIS LIFE ON SIDES OF PLINTH FRIEZES SHOW THE PENINSULA ON THE 9 O'CLOCK FACE AND WATERLOO ON THE 12 O'CLOCK FACE Dated 1852. A gift to the town of his birth from the sculptor of the monument John Evans Thomas, Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff of the County of Brecknock. Thomas was a pupil of Sir Francis Chantrey (1781-1841) distinguished sculptor of portraits and busts. Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington (1869-1852) died the year the statue is dated and was the most outstanding British military commander of the Napoleonic Wars, and later Prime Minister. Lt General Sir Thomas Picton (1758-1815) of Poyston, Pembrokeshire had a distinguished military career in the West Indies and in the Peninsular War; he was killed leading the advance of his Fifth Infantry Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo.
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WELLINGTON MDCCCLII/ THIS STATUE MODELLED FROM LIFE/ BY THE LATE JOHN EVAN THOMAS FSA JP/ DEPUTY LIEUTENANT AND HIGH SHERRIF/ OF THE COUNTY OF BRECKNOCK/ WAS PRESENTED BY HIM/ TO HIS NATIVE TOWN/ IN THE YEAR 1856

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