Tuesday 14 February 2017

Queen Victoria close up

These are just some of the amazingly intricate details from the statue of Queen Victoria by William Silver Frith (1860 - 1934) which stands at the top of the Doulton Fountain.  It was sculpted as a celebration of Victoria's golden jubilee.  The fountain is sometimes called the Victoria Fountain.

The Doulton Fountain is just outside the People's Palace in Glasgow.  Originally it was situated in Kelvingrove Park as part of the International Exhibition of 1888 and later gifted to the city by Sir Henry Doulton (you may have heard of Doulton Pottery).

The fountain itself was designed by Arthur Ernest  Pearce (1859 - 1934) who worked for the Doulton Company.  It has lots of other beautiful sculpture and it is hard to believe that the fountain was almost destroyed by vandals in the 1990s before it was moved to its present position. 

You can read more about this amazing fountain at Glasgow - City of Sculpture.

Love, Liz


Mac n' Janet said...

What a wonderful fountain. I own a couple Doulton/Lambert pitchers so I know what beautiful things that made, but had no idea they ever did something like this.

mamasmercantile said...

It looks amazing, such a joy to be able to see it.

Julie said...

So beautiful, what an amazing piece of sculpture.

Beth said...

I have been to Glasgow 4 times, but still have much to see including this fountain.

Polyester Princess said...

What an intricately carved piece of sculpture this fountain and statue are. I guess you could look at it for hours on end, and still discover something you hadn't notice before. I've never been to Glasgow, but maybe I should ... xxx