This September 1882 print shows a mob attacking the statue of King William of Orange which stood on College Green, outside Ireland’s historic parliament. The monument predated the parliament building, and was ultimately bombed in the 1920s. There’s a lot going on in this image, but I particularly like the worried looking policemen at the ladder.
16 years after this attack on the monument, one publication would write that:
This equestrian statue of William III stands in College Green, and has stood there, more or less, since A.D 1701. We say “more or less” because no statue in the world, perhaps, has been subject to so many vicissitudes. It has been insulted, mutilated and blown up so many times, that the original figure, never particularly graceful, is now a battered wreck, pieced and patched together, like an old, worn out garment.
The William monument was the work of the wonderfully named artist Grinling Gibbons. While the 1928 bombing failed to destroy the work, it was removed and placed in storage by the Corporation, before suffering the humiliation of being beheaded by persons unknown.