Cenotaph

Sir Edwin Lutyens
1919-20





This national memorial was first designed as a temporary wood and plaster sculpture for the Peace Day events of July 19, 1919. Then it was recreated as a permanent work in Portland stone. It commemorates the dead of World War One using abstract means rather than Christian iconography and is inscribed to "The Glorious Dead." It is located prominently in Whitehall, in the heart of London--near the Houses of Parliament, Horse Guards Parade Grounds, and Westminster Abbey. It has recently been the focus of anti-war protesters who have defaced the monument.


See a very interesting essay on the cenotaph entitled Counter-Attack: Lutyens' Cenotaph: Inscribing the First World War onto London's Political Landscape by Michèle Fry, 2001.

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