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Shockheaded Peter Fountain

Figures from the children's book Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann (1845)
Franziska Lenz-Gerharz

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Fountain with figures from the children's book Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann (1845), which is about a boy who does not groom himself properly and is consequently unpopular.

  1. The title character Struwwelpeter is on a pedestal of bronze.

    Frankfurt am Main - Struwwelpeter-Brunnen

    On the front are illustrated:

  2. Die Geschichte von den schwarzen Buben (The Story of the Inky Boys): The three bad boys, Ludwig with a flag, Kaspar with a pretzel and Wilhelm with a woollen hoop.
  3. idem. Saint Nicholas catches three boys teasing a dark-skinned boy. To teach them a lesson, he dips the three boys in black ink.
  4. Die Geschichte von Hans Guck-in-die-Luft (The Story of Johnny Head-in-Air): a boy who habitually fails to watch where he's walking. One day he walks into a river; he is soon rescued, but his writing-book drifts away.

    Frankfurt am Main - Struwwelpeter-Brunnen
    Frankfurt am Main - Struwwelpeter-Brunnen
    Frankfurt am Main - Struwwelpeter-Brunnen

    On the other side are shown:

  5. Die Geschichte vom fliegenden Robert (The Story of Flying Robert), a boy goes outside during a storm. The wind catches his umbrella and lifts him high into the air. The story ends with the boy sailing into the distance.
  6. Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem Feuerzeug (The Dreadful Story of the Matches), Paulinchen alone at home with the two cats Minz and Maunz. She plays with matches and burns to death.
  7. Die Geschichte von dem wilden Jäger (The Story of the Wild Huntsman), a hare steals a hunter's musket and eyeglasses and begins to hunt the hunter.

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    Frankfurt am Main - Struwwelpeter-Brunnen

    In the fountain basin

  8. idem. The hare who triumphs over the wild hunter and makes a 'long nose'.

    Frankfurt am Main - Struwwelpeter-Brunnen


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Sources & Information


  • Boy
  • Cat
  • Children
  • Fictional character
  • Fountain
  • Girl
  • Hare
  • Hoffmann, Heinrich
  • Lenz-Gerharz, Franziska
  • Nicholas, St.
  • Umbrella
  • Writer / poet
  • Location (N 50°6'50" - E 8°40'42")

    Item Code: dehs160; Photograph: 28 September 2014
    Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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