achilles statue, the - Achilles Statue, the; achilles statue, the - Monument in Hyde Park, London, near Apsley House. Although the inscription on the pedestal states that the figure is that of Achilles, it is in fact a free reproduction in bronze, by Sir Richard West-macott, of one of the colossal marble figures, known as the Horse Tamers, which stand on the Quirinal Hill, Rome. It was cast from cannon captured at Salamanca, Vittoria, Toulouse, and Waterloo. Erected June, 1822, the statue cost Â£10,000, subscribed by Englishwomen, and was dedicated to " Arthur duke of Wellington and his brave companions in arms." The statue is over 18 ft. high and, with plinth and pedestal of Dartmoor and Peterhead granite, the monument is 36 ft. in height above the road line.