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Plaque: Richard Grosvenor fountain

Erection date: 1870


{Each face is decorated with a mosaic panel. Starting with the south-west face (pictured) and then clockwise:}
EMW {below a coronet}
In memory of Richard Second Marquess of Westminster, died 1869.
W {below a coronet}
B 1795 W

'EMW' are the initials of the Marquess's wife, Elizabeth Mary who died 1891, here to indicate that it was she who erected the memorial to her recently deceased husband.

The mosaics are of variable quality, within each piece. e.g. in the one pictured: the serpentine line is finely worked; the panels on the 4 sides are crudely laid with inconsistent colours (turquoise, gold, dark blue) and more cement than tesserae. This unrefined style of mosaic work is anachronistic and we wonder if it is the result of ill-advised repairs.

Site: Richard Grosvenor fountain (2 memorials)

SW1, Pimlico Road

The 1954 film 'Cocktails in the Kitchen' has Dirk Bogarde and wife living in a one-room flat in the Cundy Street flats near here and, at about 30 mins in, the camera pans past this junction showing this fountain and the statue exactly as they now are.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
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Information Subjects commemorated

Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster

Born, son of Sir Robert, at Millbank House (alias: Peterborough House, Grosve...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
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Information Created by


Family of mosaic artists from Italy. When they moved into new premises in 189...

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Elizabeth, Marchioness of Westminster

Born as Elizabeth Mary Leveson-Gower. Married Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess...

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Thomas Henry Wyatt

Architect - Gothic Revival specialist.

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Richard Grosvenor fountain

Information Also at this site

St Michael's School, Chester Square - statue

When you have a winged character overpowering a dragon - who is it - St Micha...

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