Sunday, July 14, 2013

Philatelic Photograph: Nelson's Column - London, England

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Nelson's Column
London, England
Topic: Philatelic Photographs

GPS: N51° 30.457; W000° 07.675

Quick Description: 

Nelson's Column, a monument to Admiral Horatio Nelson, is located in Trafalgar Square in central London.

Long Description:

Horatio Nelson, was born in Norfolk, U.K. on September 29, 1758. he was an admiral in the Royal Navy, and is most famous for his service during the Napoleonic Wars. He had a magnificent grasp of naval strategy and tactics and was an inspirational leader. During his career is credited with a number of decisive naval victories such as the Battle of Cape St Vincent (1797), Battle of the Nile (1798), Battle of Copenhagen (1801), and most famously the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm and the sight in one eye. During the Battle of Trafalgar he was shot and killed by a French sniper. He died on October 21, 1805.

A monument to Admiral Horatio Nelson is located in Trafalgar Square in central London. Nelson's Column was designed by William Railton and constructed between 1840 and 1843 at a cost of £47,000. A Corinthian column is built of Dartmoor granite. The statue of Admiral Nelson was sculpted from Craigleith sandstone by E. H. Baily. The monument is 169.25' high. Four bronze lions on the base were added in 1867. They were designed by Sir Edwin Landseer. The pedestal has four 18 square foot bronze relief panels by Musgrave Watson, William F Woodington, John Ternouth and John Edward Carew. They were cast from captured French guns and depict the aforementioned Battles of Cape St Vincent, the Nile, Copenhagen and the Death of Nelson at Trafalgar. The monument as refurbished in 2006 at a cost of £420,000.

To commemorate the London 1980 International Philatelic Exhibition, Great Britain issued a large stamp with line drawings of the major attractions of London in 1980. Depicted are:

Westminster Abbey
* NELSON'S COLUMN * (The subject of this blog post)
Eros Statue
British Telecom Tower
Palace of Westminster Clock Tower
St. Paul's Cathedral
Tower Bridge
Tower of London
River Thames

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