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Two Sphinxes

Charles Reeves
1833

Bath /  Two Sphinxes

Description

Two stone sphinxes, placed on the gates at the western end of Royal Avenue.

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The Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette reports in 1833:

The ornamental features of the Park have been augmented by two splendid pieces of sculpture which grace the Western entrance of the River's Estate, a pair of Sphinxes; one of them the gift of Isaac Williams, esq; the other presented by Mr. Reeves, of Charles street, - a richly carved classic Vase, the donation of Mr. E. Hancock, forms also another embellishment worthy of notice.

'Reeves' was the most prominent firm of monumental masons (tombstone carvers) in Bath. They flourished from c. 1778 to the 1860s. It can be assumed that they made both sphinxes.

Inscription(s)

On the base:
the gift of mr reeves.
and
given by i. williams, esq.r

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