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The Cádiz Memorial, also known as the “Prince Regent’s Bomb”, is an early 19th-century French mortar mounted on a brass monster, located in Horse Guards Parade in Westminster, London. The statue was unveiled for public viewing in 1816.
The monument was a feature of many satirical verses and cartoons in the early 19th century, mainly because the word “bomb” – pronounced “bum” – gave it an immediate association with the notoriously profligate Prince Regent’s sizeable backside.
The mortar is mounted on the back of a large brass sculpture of the monster Geryon (wrongly described as a “Chinese dragon” in some sources), associated with the Isle of Gades on which Cádiz stands, with twin tails twisting round to the vent of the mortar which it supports on its back. At the rear of the mortar is a sculpture of the dog Orthrus. The monster and mortar rest on a bed of brass, representing a rock on which the monster has alighted. The whole structure measures 9 feet 10 inches (3.00 m) high and weights 16 tons.
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