Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857) entered the Army in 1815 and went to India in 1823. After winning four victories and marching 120 miles in nine days, Havelock won international fame in the Indian uprising known as the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

The statue is by the sculptor William Behnes, an eccentric individual whose habits were so peculiar that the Royal Academy refused to have him as a member. The statue, believed by many as the finest outdoor statue in London, has been in Trafalgar Square since 1861. It was the first statue ever to be designed from a photograph, a fact believed at the time to be a great achievement.



Contemporary photographs by Jeremy Young

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