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COMMITTEE FOR THE NATIONAL MONUMENT ...
A national monument in honor of his late majesty King George III. ... It is ... intended to erect by public subscription, a monument, ...
[London]: W. Pople, printer, 67, Chancery Lane, [1820?].
[2] p. ; 23.0 x 38.1 cm. (obl. 2º)

Half-sheet, verso blank. Drop-head title. Watermark dated '1820'. 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. The honorary secretary of the committee was Sir John Campbell, K.C.T.S., and the patron was the Duke of York. Subscriptions were received 'at all the principal Banking Houses in London; at Messrs. Rivington's, ... Mr. Hatchard's, ... and Mr. Sams', Bookseller to H.R.H. the Duke of York, ...' and communications were to be addressed to 19 Henrietta Street, Cavendish Square. 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. A later version of the prospectus also in the Soane Museum includes additional committee members and a list of existing subscribers on the verso (q.v.). The design was later engraved in a plate with the imprint line 'London Pubd. by M. Wyatt Feby. 1. 1821. Henrietta St. Cavendish Sque.' (Priv. Corr. IV.W.8.32). It was also illustrated in The New Monthly Magazine for March 1821, with critical remarks following in the issues for June and July. Soane was approached for permission to add his name to the list of stewards for a dinner to be held at the Freemasons' Hall on 4 June 1821, and belatedly wrote to Sir John Campbell declining the honour on 1 June. (Priv. Corr. IV.W.8.35 & 37).

Binding Folded sheet.

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