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Wellington statue, Wellington Arch, Apsley House,

Marble Arch, Hyde Park, Queen Elizabeth Gates

Strolling through Hyde Park towards Wellington Arch near Hyde Park Corner

 

The equestrian statue of Wellington seen seated astride his faithful steed Copenhagen

 

The figures on the Wellington

Upper left: The 42nd Royal Highlanders, Upper right: 1st Gu4rds

Lower left: 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, Lower right: 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers

 

Constitution Arch, as it was originally called, now the Wellington Arch designed by Decimus Burton to commemorate Wellington's victories in 19th century Napoleonic Wars. It was actually repositioned in 1883 to line up with Constitution Hill. On top is a statue of Peace and her four-horse chariot erected in 1914 - a bit ironic, since that's when WWI, The Great War started!

 

Wellington Arch

 

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Some architectural details on the upper structure of the Wellington Arch

 

From the roof of Wellington Arch the view down Constitution Hill

 

Looking down from Wellington Arch to the former St George's Hospital, The Lanesborough, and in the foreground, the Royal Artillery Memorial

 

Looking across from the Wellington Arch to the Apsley House. On the left is Apsley Gate

 

Apsley Gate

 

Architectural details of the top frieze on Apsley Gate

 

The Royal Horse Guards? Royal Horse Artillery? passing from Hyde Park through Apsley Gate and out onto the roads of bust Hyde Park Corner

 

The Royal Artillery Memorial - the top sculpture is a 9.2 inch howitzer carved out of Portland stone.

 

Machine gunner detail on the Royal Artillery monument

 

A symbolic sacrificial stance by the soldier? A metaphor for the Crucifixion?

 

The 'silvery' Queen Elizabeth Gates into Hyde Park

 

At Hyde Park Corner, Apsley House, once the home of the Duke of Wellington at 149 Piccadilly ?

 

Apsley House: The double life-size statue of the nude Napoleon by Canova stands at the foot of the main staircase in the entrance foyer of Apsley House

 

The central spiral staircase of Apsley House

 

One of the many ornately decorated rooms of Apsley House which has a fine collection of paintings

 

Ceramic murals in the Park Lane Subway near Hyde Park Corner: The Duke of Wellington I presume?

 

Ceramic murals Park Lane Subway:

 

Ceramic murals Park Lane Subway: Detail of the Portico Drawing Room Ceiling of Apsley House? by Robert Adam 1774

 

Ceramic murals Park Lane Subway: 19th century scene from the time of the Duke of Wellington

 

Ceramic murals Park Lane Subway: 18?? The Battle of Waterloo. The meeting of Wellington and Blucher after victory of Waterloo

 

A 19th century orchestral scene

 

Park Lane runs north from Wellington Arch until it meets Oxford Street at Marble Arch (above and below) with all its pigeons.

 

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