Trafalgar Square London England about 1892

TRAFALGAR SQUARE LONDON — This handsome square is so centrally located that it may be said to form the nucleus or heart of London. Around it are the National Gallery of Paintings, the celebrated St. Martin’s Church, and such hotels as “Morley’s” and the “Metropole,” while in the center rises a majestic column known as the Nelson monument, surmounted at a height of 154 feet, by a statue of the immortal hero who died victorious at Trafalgar in 1805. Upon the pedestal are inscribed Nelson’s well-known words, “England expects that every man will do his duty.” Flanking this granite monument are the four colossal lions of Sir Edwin Landseer, which are not only magnificent specimens of art, but are thoroughly in keeping with the majestic severity of the shaft which they adorn as well as with the leonine character of the great admiral beneath whose statue they thus crouch submissively. This London Square has little of the charm and beauty of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, yet it is thoroughly characteristic of the city in which it stands. The qualities which attract us in London are quite different from those which please us on the other side of the channel; but when one has at last become accustomed to its smoky atmosphere, its melancholy fogs and sombre architecture, there is so much in London to appeal to the students of history, art, archaeology, science and human nature (to say nothing of the interest awakened in us by associations with the English novelists and poets, who have often made this great metropolis their theme), that one can agree with Dr. Johnson when he said “The happiness of London cannot be conceived except by those who have beheld it.” (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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