Modern Souvenir Wellington Arch

$56.00

Modern Souvenir Company produces beautiful gifts in plaster-busts of historical figures, bookends, replicas of historical ornaments, landmarks and bespoke gifts. Handmade in Bath, Great Britain, imbued with detail, elegance and wit.

Description

Wellington Arch
Set in the heart of royal London, Wellington Arch was built as an original entrance to Buckingham Palace, later becoming a victory arch proclaiming Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon.

Crowned by the largest bronze sculpture in Europe, it depicts the Angel of Peace descending on the ‘Quadriga’ – or four-horsed chariot – of War.

Both the Wellington Arch and Marble Arch, which was originally in front of Buckingham Palace, were planned in 1825 by George IV to commemorate Britain’s victories in the Napoleonic Wars.

The Wellington Arch was also conceived as an outer gateway to Constitution Hill and therefore a grand entrance into central London from the west. The presence of a turnpike gate at this point had led, in the 18th century, to a strong perception that this was the beginning of London and the arch was intended to reflect the importance of the position.

Height: 125mm
Width: 85mm
Depth: 42mm

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