Nelson was a hero whose deeds were rewarded by massive monuments. Would he get the same treatment today?
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Was Lord Nelson a war-monger? Did he start the Napoleonic Wars? I'd contend that he did not, but that he certainly helped to finish them. In London, there is a huge monumental square to commemorate the man and his great victory at Trafalgar. Would we ever honour someone similar today? I fear that we have developed a mind-set that makes it near impossible to celebrate an heroic act, because every hero has to be used as a 'role-model'.
If you are curious to see Trafalgar Square on Christmas Day, you can see it here. I can recommend cycling in London on that day - you have the bus lanes all to yourself. On any other day, you need much more courage.
In this I say that Landseer "based" the monumental lions on those in the Tower of London. Perhaps I should not have used the word 'based', but it is true that he did sketch and paint the lions there before sculpting the lions.
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