Esoteric London

No. 819: Tower Hill, EC3

Posted in Amusements, Monumental, Public Art, Wartime London by esotericlondon on April 18, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_9538 copy

Tower Hill Memorial, Trinity Square Gardens, Tower Hill, London, EC3. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Romance of London, Volume II – John Timbs, 1865:

The absurd notion, that there are “Mermen and Mermaids, half man or woman, and the remainder fish,” has long been exploded; but, little more than forty years since (in 1822), thousands of dupes were attracted to the Egyptian Hall, in Piccadilly, to see a pretended Mermaid, when three hundred or four hundred persons paid daily one shilling each for the indulgence of their credulity! The imposture was, however, too gross to last long; and it was ascertained to be the dried skin of the head and shoulders of a monkey, attached very neatly to the dried skin of a fish of the salmon kind, with the head cut off, the compound figure being stuffed and highly varnished, the better to deceive the eye.

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