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Nelson's Monument Struck by Lightning

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Nelson's Monument Struck by Lightning

Nelson's Monument Struck by Lightning by John Knox (1778-1845).

The Nelson Monument was designed by David Hamilton and erected on Glasgow Green in 1806 to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), who had been killed while leading his fleet to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar the previous year. The 144 feet-high obelisk was struck by lightning in August 1810 and the top 20 feet of masonry crashed to the ground.

Reference: 3338

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

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Glasgow Green, lightning, monuments, Nelson Monument, obelisks, oil paintings, parks



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