Fountain

King Edward VII fountain

King Edward VII fountain
King Edward VII fountain

Erection date: 1912

Inscription

In grateful and loyal memory of Edward VII, rex et imperator.
Erected from subscriptions raised by Jewish inhabitants of East London 1911.

{Above each basin is a cherubic water-spout with a word carved into the stone:}
Justice
Liberty

This granite obelisk is crowned with a winged angel and flanked by statues of Liberty and Justice. Our picture shows the south, road-facing, side. On the north side there is a similar crowned roundel but instead of a portrait relief bust it carries the inscription. We'd read that, due to repeated theft, the bronze inscription plaque had been replaced with a plastic one. We went back and checked - rapped with our knuckles and everything metal-looking was also metal-sounding. Speel has a good assessment of the artistic quality of the sculptural work.

PMSA says that this was unveiled, by Charles Rothschild in 1911, and also that it was unveiled on 15 March 1912. Initially we thought that perhaps Rothschild made a very long speech, but the 1911 probably comes from the inscription, whereas the 1912 date was probably the date of the actual ceremony. Another problem is the Rothschild, since British Pathe name Leopold de Rothschild rather than Charles and with their hats on it's impossible to say. Perhaps they were both there.

The PMSA confirms the sculptor as Frith, though elsewhere we've read 'Henry Poole', whose statue of the King is in Bristol.

Site: King Edward VII fountain (1 memorial)

E1, Whitechapel Road

We thank Jamie Davis for finding this link to the British Pathe news film of the unveiling.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
King Edward VII fountain

Subjects commemorated i

Coronation of King Edward VII

King Edward VII. Originally scheduled for 26 June but delayed due to the main...

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King Edward VII

Reigned: 1901 - 1910. Born and died at Buckingham Palace. Victoria's eldest s...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
King Edward VII fountain

Created by i

W. S. Frith

Sculptor. William Silver Frith. Born Leicester. Other London work: Metropolit...

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E. J. Parlanti

Bronze founder. Ercole Felipo Giacomo Parlanti was born in Rome. He and his o...

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