To Arthur

Wellington Monument, Phoenix Park, Dublin
Wellington Monument, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Wellesley, that is. The Wellington Monument (officially the Wellington Testimonial, as construction began while he was alive) commemorates the Dublin-born 1st Duke of Wellington’s military and political achievements. At 62 metres, it is the tallest obelisk in Europe, although it was originally intended to be taller.

Wellington Monument, Phoenix Park, DublinA statue of the Duke on horseback was also planned, but a lack of funds reined that idea in, as well as delaying completion of the obelisk until 1861, after the Duke’s death.

The bronze panels on each side of the base were cast from cannons captured at Waterloo. Those aren’t wellies though.