Duke of York Column

Built in honour of the second son of George III, this massive sculpture was funded by withholding one day's pay from every soldier in the British Empire.

The resulting column was chiseled from pink granite, and the statue created by Sir Richard Westmacott in 1834.

Contemporary wits, aware that the duke died massively in debt, joked that placing his effigy on a column was the only way to keep him out of his creditors' grasp.

Duke of York Column
The Mall

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Charing Cross