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In Westminster Abbey by the door to the west cloister is a marble monument to Colonel Charles Herries, who is buried in the nave. A sculpted bust by Sir Francis Chantrey sits over a relief of a Roman soldier beside his horse addressing the City of London. The relief is by Robert Smirke. The same design by Smirke had been used before in 1798 when it was carved  in miniature, by W. Brown in sardonyx and set into a gold box which was presented by the Light Horse Volunteers of London & Westminster to their Colonel, Chas. Herries accompanied by an address. This engraving records that occasion and the engraver of the print was W.C. Wilson. 


Charles Herries (1745-1819), who came from a Scottish mercantile family was commandant of the Light Horse Volunteers for 25 years. The Light Horse Volunteers of London and Westminster drew its members from the wealthy London elite, including many politicians,  merchants and bankers.

Protection offered to the metropole, - Framed Antique Print

SKU: 1189
  • Image Number: 1189
    Title: Protection offered to the Metropole

    Engraver: William Westall

    Publisher: London: J. Rodwell, New Bond Street
    Date: 1798

    Medium: Copper engraving

    Framed size (h x w): 270 x 356mm

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