Statue of Henry Havelock, Trafalgar Square

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The statue in 2014

A bronze statue of Henry Havelock by the sculptor William Behnes,[1] stands in Trafalgar Square in London, United Kingdom. It occupies one of the four plinths in Trafalgar Square, the one to the southeast of Nelson's Column.[2]

The bronze statue depicts Henry Havelock as a standing figure in military uniform, with a cloak. It was reputedly one of the first statues to be made from a photograph. It was erected by public subscription in 1861, on a granite plinth, matching the statue of General Charles James Napier erected to the west in 1855–1856.[3] A copy in Mowbray Park in Sunderland was also erected by public subscription and unveiled in 1861.[4]

In 1936, it was suggested that the statues of Generals Havelock and Napier in Trafalgar Square should be replaced by statues of Admirals Beatty and Jellicoe, the naval commanders at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, but a place was eventually found for bronze busts of the Edwardian admirals (and later for Admiral Cunningham) against the north wall of the square, without removing the statues of the Victorian generals from their plinths.

The monument became a Grade II listed building in 1970.[5] Trafalgar Square is itself Grade I listed.

In 2000, the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone suggested that the statues of Havelock and General Charles James Napier should be removed from Trafalgar Square, because he had no idea who they were.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wheatley, Henry Benjamin; Cunningham, Peter (24 February 2011). London Past and Present: Its History, Associations, and Traditions. Cambridge University Press. p. 405. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Statues and fountains". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Havelock statue, London Remembers
  4. ^ Monument to Major General Sir Henry Havelock, Public Monuments and Sculpture Association
  5. ^ STATUE OF GENERAL SIR HENRY HAVELOCK, National Heritage List for England, Historic England
  6. ^ Old statues given marching orders . . . by the Left, The Telegraph, 20 October 2000

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Coordinates: 51°30′28″N 0°07′39″W / 51.5079°N 0.1274°W / 51.5079; -0.1274