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Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Cenotaph

Photo credit: Tracy Jenkins / Art UK

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A commemorative structure in the form of a pylon, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for HM Office of Works in 1919; the permanent version was erected in 1920. Lutyens described it succinctly as ‘an Empty Tomb uplifted on a high pedestal’. Rectangular in plan, at the top is a plain tomb chest, with moulded cover, on which lies a large laurel wreath. It stands on a three-staged base, which in turn stands on a tall shaft, set back towards its upper section.


Date

1919–1920

Medium

Portland stone & flags

Measurements

H 1050 x W 450 x D 260 cm

Accession number

SW1A_TJ_S029

Acquisition method

funded by HM Office of Public Works

Work type

War memorial

Custodian

English Heritage

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade I (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

11th November 1920

Listing date

05/02/70

Access

at all times

Inscription description

inscription to front and rear elevation: THE GLORIOUS DEAD; inscription to front: MCM / XIV; rear: MCM / XIX; side: MCM / XLV; side: MCM / XXXIX


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Located at

Whitehall, Westminster

SW1A 2ET

The Cenotaph stands on three shallow steps on an island in the centre of Whitehall, in front of Richmond House (to the east) and the Old Treasury (to the west).