Esoteric London

No. 416: Hatherley Gardens, N8

Posted in Statues by esotericlondon on October 3, 2011

Hatherley Gardens, London, N8. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

The Heir at Law – George Colman the Younger, c.1797:

Dick Dowlas singing and talking without.

“O London is a fine town,

 A very famous city!”-

Take care of my bundle, d’ye hear?

Enter Dick, singing.

“Where all the streets are paved with gold,

And all the maidens pretty.”

[ The above photograph is of a work by the sculptor Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones. The reclining lady is to be found in a fountain outside Hornsey Library in Crouch End. I haven’t seen the fountain working for many years and the sculpture itself is looking a little neglected which is a shame as the bronze figure is rather charming. It is one of only three Huxley Jones sculptures I know of in the capital the others being the Joy of Life fountain in Hyde Park and the statue of the Greek sun god Helios at the BBC Television Centre. R.D.]