Equestrian Statue of George IV, London

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The statue of George IV in Trafalgar Square, London, is a bronze equestrian statue by Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey. It depicts the King dressed in ancient Roman attire and riding bareback. The sculpture was originally designed to sit on top of the Marble Arch at the entrance to Buckingham Palace, but was placed in its current location following the King's death.HistorySir Francis Leggatt Chantrey originally designed the statue to stand on top of Marble Arch in its original position as the entrance to Buckingham Palace, following architecture work by John Nash. Edward Blore took over the work, and his redesign to reduce costs removed the Chantrey statue. Chantrey's work was funded by George IV himself, rather than by public subscription. The statue was cast in 1828.George IV died in 1830, and the statue was placed on an empty plinth in Trafalgar Square in December 1843, which was expected to be on a temporary basis, however it has remained there ever since. It was unveiled to little ceremony, with The Times describing it as "somewhat suddenly erected". It was the first statue erected on one of the pedestals, which were installed three years earlier with architect Charles Barry expecting them to be filled by groups of statues. An inscription was added towards the end of the 19th century as the public were no longer aware of whom it was a statue.
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  • Lying within Trafalgar Square we readily saw this statue whilst on a hop on hop off bus tour and later when walking around, worthy of a few minutes of your time.  more »
  • London is full of statues and the West end has a lot of them. Take pictures and enjoy the surroundings of beautiful London.  more »
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  • The statue of King George the fourth, at the Trafalgar square is an amazing sculpture reminding the ancient times of the British kingdom. Its been said that originally it was designed to sit on top of the Marble Arch at the entrance to Buckingham Palace, but was then placed in its current location following the King's death. It definitely adds another spectacular view to the beautiful Trafalgar square.
  • looks good needs cleaning too many pigeons

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