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Wellington Testimonial

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
Dublin 1769 - Walmer Castle 1852
British soldier and statesman
Various sculptors

Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath /  Wellington Testimonial


Obelisk of 62 m high (the tallest in Europe), with on the base four bronze plaques cast from cannons captured at Waterloo - three of which have pictorial representations of Wellington's career while the fourth has an inscription:
  1. mdcccxxix, 'Civil and Religious Liberty' by John Hogan,
    Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Wellington Testimonial

  2. waterloo, signed tho. farrell | sculpt. | dublin | 1860 - by Thomas Farrell
    Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Wellington Testimonial

  3. india, signed j.r. kir. r.h.a. and j.r. kirk r.h.a. inv. et sculpt. 1860 - by Joseph Robinson Kirk.
    Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Wellington Testimonial

  4. The inscription reads:
    Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Wellington Testimonial
Conservata tuis Asia atque Europa triumphis
Invictum bello te colueere ducem,
Nunc umbrata ceris civili tempora quercu
Ut desit famæ gloria nulla tuæ.

[crown in laurel wreath]

Asia and Europe, saved by thee, proclaim
Invincible in war thy deathless name,
Now round thy brow the civic oak we twine
That every earthly glory may be thine


The Wellington Testimonial was built to commemorate the victories of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. It was designed by the architect Sir Robert Smirke and the foundation stone was laid in 1817. However, in 1820 it ran out of construction funds and therefore remained unfinished until 18 June 1861 when it was opened to the public. There were also plans for a statue of Wellesley on horseback but the shortage of funds ruled that out.


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Item Code: ie051; Photograph: 10 June 2014
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