Equestrian statues, an inventory
Strangely enough no one has attempted, so far I am aware, to create an inventory of world’s equestrian statues.
An exemption must however be made for the attempt by S.H. Kauffmann. The New York Times of April 10, 1899 published an article on this attempt: “As a result of years of inquiry and search in person Mr. Kauffmann has collected data that lead him to set down the number of equestrian statues in the world as about two hundred and eighty-five”. Further “the book that will describe the equestrian statues of the world has yet to be written”.
As far as I know, 117 years later, this was still the case. So I wrote the book that was published in May 2017. The limited edition of the book (240 copies) was sold out within a year. Therefore I decided to publish the text on this website.
A book is nice, but a website has its own attractiveness. This medium is much more flexible. The information can be updated on a daily basis and is available to all who are interested in art and history. This website aims to give an inventory of all the equestrian statues in the world.
I have listed the 1.196 originals (and 204 copies) that are known to me today (2020) under the heading ‘The statues’. The most comprehensive list I know. Is the list complete? No. Apart from the fact that new equestrian statues are still erected from time to time, it still happens to me that I trace new equestrian statues. My best estimate of the total number of equestrian statues in the world is: around 1,250. Unfortunately quite a number of these equestrian statues were destroyed during the last few years.
As a matter of fact the number depends also on the definition of an equestrian statue. The criteria I applied and some observations with respect to them, can be found in ‘The book’ (statue or sculpture?).
Sculptures of the combination man and horse, not meeting these requirements, are classified as equestrian sculptures and are stated om this site in italic. Quite a number of these sculptures are noteworthy works of art, reason enough to pay specific attention to a number of them. I have listed the most noteworthy under the heading ‘The sculptures’.
Over the years I have travelled across more than 50 countries, seen and photographed about two thirds of the statues known to me. These pictures as well as a description of the statue or sculpture can be found on this website by clicking the appropriate item in the lists. All pictures are made by undersigned. Starting in 2018 I also show pictures made by others of the statues that I have not yet seen in person. In those cases the name of the photographer is mentioned.
As said before, the ambition of the website is to give an as complete picture as possible of all equestrian statues and remarkable equestrian sculptures in this world, acknowledging at the same time that the lists on this site are not yet complete. It is also therefore that I would appreciate it to receive comments, additional information etc. You can give your comments under ‘Contact’.
In conclusion I wish to remark that you can feel free to use the pictures of this site. Just mention that you found them on www.equestrianstatue.org. If you want to have the pictures with a better quality (i.e. a higher density), just let me know.
Kees van Tilburg
Amsterdam, september 2020