decorated initial 'W' estmacott studied first under his father and then in Rome with Antonio Canova, returning to England in 1797. He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1811, served as Professor of Sculpture there from 1827, and was knighted in 1837, the year Victoria came to the throne.

According to Bob Speel's "A Sculpture Walk in Hyde Park" (see below), "Westmacott produced a prodigal number of monuments, statues, busts and other works in stone, among the latter being the chimney piece for the Music Room in the Royal Pavillion, Brighton, the reliefs for the north side of the Marble Arch (as well as two other reliefs which ended up above the entrance to Buckingham Palace when the Arch was moved to its present location), the pedimental sculptures for the British Museum, and the Waterloo Vase. . . . [He also executed] his diploma piece Jupiter and Ganymede at the RA, various allegorical works at Woburn Abbey, monuments at Westminster Abbey and St Paul's, and statues of Nelson in Birmingham, Liverpool and Barbados (!). Outdoors in London may be seen a Duke of Bedford (Russell Square), C. J. Fox (Bloomsbury Square), Canning (Parliament Square), the monumental Duke of York on his pillar at Waterloo Place, and the even more monumental Achilles” by Hyde Park Corner" [GPL].

Monuments and portraits

Architectural Sculpture


Funerary Sculpture

Related Material


Read, Benedict. Victorian Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.

Roscoe, Ingrid, Emma Hardy and M. G. Sullivan. A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain . New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009.

Bob Speel's A Sculpture Walk in Hyde Park (UK site, 21 August 2006)

Steggles, Mary Ann. Statues of the Raj. Putney, London: BACSA [British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia], 2000.

"Richard Westmacott" (Wikipedia, 21 August 2006)

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