The equestrian statue of Edward Horner stands inside St Andrew's Church
in the village of Mells in Somerset, south-western England. The
sculpture was designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and executed
by the equestrian painter and war artist Alfred Munnings. It is a
memorial to Edward Horner, who died of wounds in the First World War.
Edward Horner was the only surviving son and heir of Sir John and Lady
Frances Horner of Mells Manor and a member of an extended upper-class
social group known as the Coterie, many of whom were killed in the war.
Lutyens was a friend of the Horner family, having designed buildings and
structures for them since the beginning of the 20th century. For
Horner's memorial, Lutyens designed the plinth himself, and engaged
Munnings for the latter's first public work of sculpture. The statue is
a bronze of a cavalry officer on horseback, bare-headed, with his helmet
and sword on the horse's saddle.
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