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The Other Triton Fountain

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Monday, 4 April 2011

The Other Triton Fountain

Many people know the Triton Fountain in Regent's Park London but many more walk past another Triton fountain in London without ever realising it.

The two fountains in Trafalgar Square were switched off today for some urgent maintenance. A fault in them flooded the tube last week! It was a good opportunity to take some photos.


The two sets of bronze fountains were produced by two different sculptors, Sir Charles Wheeler and William McMillan, each set sitting within the stone pools beneath the original fountains designed by Edwin Lutyens. They were commissioned by Parliament to commemorate two First World War Admirals, Jellicoe and Beattie.

Wheeler produced the westerly memorial fountains to Jellicoe and a bust of the Admiral that stands to the north of the Square. The two groups of figures are:
The Mermaid Group
The Triton Group
Classics wasn't a strength at my truly vile comprehensive school, so I needed to resort to Wikipedia for assistance on the significance of "Triton". If like me, you are mythologically challenged, answers can be found here.

This is Wheeler's accompanying bust of Jellicoe.
I am a big fan of Wheeler, he was so incredibly versatile. More of his statuary, including examples in Trafalgar Square to follow.

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2 Comments:

At 24 May 2011 at 13:10 , Anonymous vijay shukla said...

Great article with excellent idea! I appreciate your post. Thanks so much and let keep on sharing your stuffs share my favorite sites .

 
At 25 May 2011 at 05:28 , Blogger Peter Berthoud said...

Thank you again Vijay. I will keep posting on London fountains.

 

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