Memorial: M2219

Statue in Fountain Gardens, Bridgetown, Barbados depicting Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson d. 1805

Location

Fountain Gardens, Bridgetown, Barbados, Rest of the World

Transcript

'To the Memory of / HORATIO LORD VISCOUNT NELSON, K.B., / Vice-Admiral of the White, / The Preserver of the British West Indies / in a moment of unexampled peril; / The Hero, whose various and transcendent merits, / Alike conspicuous in address, decision, action and achievement, / Throughout his whole unparalleled career of glory, / No powers of language can sufficiently delineate, / THIS STATUE / was erected by / The grateful Inhabitants of Barbados, / on a spot of ground appropriated to it / By the public grant of / The Colonial Legislature. / In accordance with the solicitations of a select Committee, / That so Sincere, though humble a tribute / Of Esteem, Admiration, and Gratitude to their / ILLUSTRIOUS DELIVERER / Might be rendered more congenial / To his generous and exalted spirit, / From the hand of one, / Himself a Hero and a BENEFACTOR to his Country, / The first stone of the pedestal was deposited by / HIS EXCELLENCY LT. GN. SIR GEORGE BECKWITH, K.B. / the Beloved and Patriotic Governor of Barbados, / And Commander of the Forces in the Leeward Islands, / February 24th, A.D. 1813. / Esto Perpetua!'

Details

Description: Figure of Nelson, full-length, in uniform.
Type: Statue
Date Erected: 1813
Artists: Richard Westmacott

Event

Battle of Trafalgar

Event Date

1805

Event Category

1803-1815 Napoleonic War

People

Nelson, Horatio
Age: 47
Date of Death: 21/10/1805
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: David Shannon 'The memory of Nelson in Barbados', 'The Nelson Dispatch' vol. 3, p. 45 (Slinfold, 1988); Colin White (editor) 'The Nelson Companion' (Portsmouth, 1995) p. 138.