Equestrian Statue of General Baldomero Espartero

Equestrian Statue of General Baldomero Espartero

The full name of this general from La Mancha, was Joaquín Fernández-Espartero Baldomero Alvarez de Toro (1793-1879).  He was Prince of Vergara, Count of Luchana and Duke de la Victoria, specially due to his achievements on the battlefields during the First Carlist War.

Baldomero Espartero. "Vida militar y polí...
Baldomero Espartero. “Vida militar y política de Espartero”. Por una Sociedad de ExMilicianos de Madrid 1844 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The equestrian statue of General Baldomero Espartero, is a sculpture by the painter and sculptor Pablo Gibert Roig, is located at the intersection of the Alcala and O’Donnell streets, next to the Retiro Park.

Estatua ecuestre y la calle Alcalá al fondo
General Espartero Statue on Alcalá street

Cast in bronze at the Barcelona workshops of José Comas Blanch, rests on a pedestal of granite and limestone, which has an inscription in bronze, with the following:

A / ESPARTERO / PACIFIER / 1839 / THE GRATEFUL NATION

It is unknown the reason why the sculptor Paul Gibert, gave Espartero’s horse,  exaggerated genital attributes, and therefore the popular saying that refers to this monument when it comes to “courage”, saying: “You have more balls than Espartero’s horse.”

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