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Richard Grosvenor fountain Richard Grosvenor fountain

Plaque: Richard Grosvenor fountain

Erection date: 1870

Inscription

{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

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. We're guessing this is the result of ill-advised repairs.

The significance of the 'EMW' on the mosaic is not immediately obvious to us. We have no problem with the 'W' (Westminster). His mother was Lady Eleanor Egerton so perhaps that's the 'E'. 'M' for Marquess? Not very satisfactory.

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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Richard Grosvenor fountain

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Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster

orn, son of Sir Robert, Millbank House (alias: Peterborough House, Grosvenor ...

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Richard Grosvenor fountain

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Salviati

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

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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

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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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