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Statue of Trajan, Tower Hill

Statue of Trajan
Trajan Statue.JPG
The statue in 2010
Year1980 (1980) (erected)
MediumBronze sculpture
SubjectTrajan
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′36″N 0°04′34″W / 51.509875°N 0.076174°W / 51.509875; -0.076174

The statue of Trajan is an outdoor twentieth-century bronze sculpture depicting the Roman Emperor Trajan, located in front of a section of the London Wall built by Romans, at Tower Hill in London, United Kingdom.[1] He is shown bareheaded and wearing a tunic,[1] holding a scroll in his left hand while gesturing with his right hand raised.[2] A plaque at its base contains the inscription:

STATUE BELIEVED TO BE OF THE ROMAN EMPEROR TRAJAN/ A.D. 98–117/ IMPERATOR CAESAR NERVA TRAJANUS AUGUSTUS/ PRESENTED BY THE TOWER HILL IMPROVEMENT TRUST AT THE/ REQUEST OF THE REVEREND P. B. CLAYTON, CH, MC, DD, /FOUNDER PADRE OF TOC H.[2][3]

The statue was installed in 1980 as a bequest from P. B. "Tubby" Clayton, the vicar of All Hallows-by-the-Tower.[1][4] The Museum of London believes the figure to have been recovered from a scrapyard in Southampton in the 1920s, and notes that its head does not match its body.[5] There is no information presented at the site about the sculptor.[2]

Trajan himself never visited Britain.[4]

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References

  1. ^ a b c Baker, Margaret (2002). Discovering London Statues and Monuments. Osprey Publishing. p. 165. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Trajan – London, England, UK". Waymarking.com. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Statue: Emperor Trajan statue". LondonRemembers.com. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b McNay, Michael (6 March 2018). "Hidden Treasures of London". Random House – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Where To See Roman London". 19 August 2015.

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