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Dolphin Fountain

Henry Poole & Edwin Alfred Rickards

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In front of the Victoria Rooms is a large fountain, forming the centrepiece of a collection of sculptures, the statue of King Edward VII looking over the fountain, and in front of the Victoria Rooms two bronze lions and on the pediment above, a fine Grecian relief sculpture.

The fountain by the sculptor Poole and architect Rickards is emblematic of the association of Bristol's history with ther sea. The sculpture shows a reclining merman and mermaid to the sides, and in the centre, instead of some apex with a further figure or tall series of cascades, there are broad, low shells from which the water bubbles and falls - this because the statue of Edward had to be visible from the square.

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  • Country: Great Britain
  • Fountain
  • Mermaid
  • Merman
  • Poole, Henry
  • Rickards, Edwin Alfred
  • Shell
  • Turtle
  • Location (N 51°27'28" - W 2°36'33")

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    Item Code: gbsw029; Photograph: 21 March 2019
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