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:
- mdcccxxix, 'Civil and Religious Liberty' by John Hogan,
- waterloo, signed tho. farrell | sculpt. | dublin | 1860 - by Thomas Farrell
- india, signed j.r. kir. r.h.a. and j.r. kirk r.h.a. inv. et sculpt. 1860 - by Joseph Robinson Kirk.
- The inscription reads:
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.
- Thomas Farrell (Dublin 1827 - Stillorgan 1900),
(Wikipedia - Walter Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), on-line).
- John Hogan (Tallow 1800 - 1858),
Irish sculptor, father of John V. Hogan.
- Joseph Robinson Kirk (Dublin 1821 - Dublin 1894,
Irish sculptor, eldest son of Thomas Kirk
Sources & Information
Location (N 53°20'56" - W 6°18'11")
Item Code: ie051; Photograph: 10 June 2014
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