Nelson… in the nude
Source: Ancestry Images.
Following on from my posting on Handel’s nude statue in Dublin here’s my latest discovery: Liverpool’s statue to Lord Nelson. It might not have been the first tribute to the war hero in Britain (that honour goes to Birmingham’s Nelson statue, erected in 1809), but I think you’ll agree, it’s a very fine one.
Matthew Cotes Wyatt’s sculpture (1813-15) is located behind the Town Hall, in Exchange Flags, and features Nelson astride a canon, death emerging from beneath a draped flag to claim him at his moment of victory (he’s also completely nude, ladies).