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Published July 27th 2014
Gods, Boys, and Birds
Queen Mary's Gardens are at the heart of The Regent's Park, and while they are best known for their spectacular roses, what I found most interesting when walking round, was discovering the statues hidden sporadically about the place.
There is not any information about the statues at the park itself, but after I got home from my visit, I enjoyed looking them up to find out more about them. There isn't a huge amount of information, which on one level I find disappointing, but on another, it is fun to make up my own interpretations.
If you visit the gardens, be sure to look out for them and make up your own story to go with it.
The Triton Fountain is the first 'statue' I spotted. The bronze sculpture in the Italian garden depicts the Roman god, Triton, blowing a conch shell, with two mermaids swimming below him. It was created by William McMillan (1887–1977), who also sculpted the Jellicoe fountain and the Beatty fountain at Trafalgar Square. The Inscription reads 'In memory of Sigismund Christian Hubert Goetze, 1866-1939. Painter, lover of the arts, and benefactor of this park.' The fountain was donated in 1950.
Boy and Frog
Alongside the fountain is the Boy and Frog statue, which was presented by Sigismund Goetze in 1936. The bronze is set on a marble podium and was sculpted by Sir William Reid Dick. A Grade II listed statue, it depicts a boy kneeling with a frog.
The Lost Bow
The Lost Bow
The Lost Bow is my favourite statue because I just find it so intriguing. The bronze depicts a muscular toddler in a helmet sitting on top of a vulture. It looks as if he is about to attack the vulture, but the arrow which presumably was once in his hand is now missing. I am assuming this is a Roman god of some sort, but I have no idea who. Cupid would be the first to come to mind with his arrows, but that hardly fits the warrior depicted in this scene. The the Grade II listed bronze was sculpted by Albert H Hodge (1875 - 1918) in 1910, and presented to the park in 1939.
Boy and Duck
Boy and Duck
Boy and Duck is not the official name of this bronze statue. I could not find out what it was called, or any other information about it. The boy does, however, look very similar to the one in The Lost Bow, and could therefore be by the same sculptor. It depicts a boy grabbing hold of a duck by the legs.
The Japanese Eagle can be found in the Japanese garden, in the lake. It was presented to the park in 1974 and dates back to the early nineteenth century. It is not known who made it, but has been given a Grade II listing.