The Achilles Statue, Hyde Park
To Arthur, Duke of Wellington,It was the very first statue of a naked man on public display in London. Originally anatomically correct, the fig leaf was added later to save blushes although it has been chipped off twice - in 1870 and 1961. If you look closely at the large image you can see it is added. Two contemporary cartoons show the furore it caused. Appropriately enough, last week's bike ride started from here.
and his brave companions in arms
this statue of Achilles
cast from cannons won at the victories
of Salmanaca, Vittoria, Toulouse and Waterloo
is inscribed by their countrymen
See where: London Daily Photo Map