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COMMITTEE FOR THE NATIONAL MONUMENT ...
The monumental trophy in honor of his late majesty King George III. (Designed, and to be executed, by Matthew Wyatt.) ... It is ... intended to erect by public subscription, a monument, ...
[London]: W. Pople, printer, 67, Chancery Lane, [1821].
[2] p. ; 23.0 x 38.1 cm. (obl. 2º)

Half-sheet. Drop-head title. Watermark dated '1821'. In 1820 the prime minister, Lord Liverpool, asked Matthew Cotes Wyatt to design a national monument to King George III, who had died on 29 January of that year. This is a later version of the prospectus first issued probaby in late 1820 (q.v.), and includes on the verso an 'Extract From The List Of Subscribers' and an 'Extract from the Minute Book of the Committees'. Some names have been added or removed from the lists of members of the committee and sub-committee on the recto. Wyatt's ambitious design represented the king standing in a quadriga with Victory and Fame, riding down Faction in the form of a writhing dragon, and subscribers' names were to be recorded in bronze in the pedestal. However, sufficient funds could not be raised and the project was abandoned. Eventually in 1832 a committee of the subscribers commissioned Wyatt to execute a less ambitious bronze equestrian statue of the King, which still stands in Pall Mall East, London. See John Martin Robinson, The Wyatts: an architectural dynasty (Oxford 1979), pp. 183--4, 250.

Copy Notes This version of the prospectus (possibly both versions) was probably sent to Soane with Wyatt's engraving of his ambitious design for the monument dated 1 February 1821, and a lithographic covering letter with the date inserted in MS., reading: '19 Henrietta Street. Cavh. Square / London 26 June 1821 / Sir, / I am directed by the Committee for the Public Monument to the sacred Memory of His late Most Excellent Majesty, to solicit your influence in favor of this loyal undertaking; ... / (By order of the Committee) / John Campbell. / Hony. Secty.' (Priv. Corr. IV.W.8.32 & 33). The envelope is endorsed by Soane Monument to / the memory of / the late King / Recd. 26 June 1821. (Priv. Corr. IV.W.8.38).

Binding Folded sheet.

Reference Number 6779


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