Diana and the Hounds

Diana and the hounds, statue, Fitzroy Gradens, conservatory, Melbourne, Australia

Public Art: Diana and the Hounds

Sculptor: © William Leslie Bowles

Date: September 4th, 1940.

Description: Life size bronze statue on a granite pedestal in a lily pond, depicting a topless Diana, taking the lead, as her hounds dance around about her.

Foundry: Statue cast at A.B Brunton of London

Cost : £750

Location: In a lily pond outside the Melbourne conservatory in Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Australia.

Diana and the Hounds, Conservatory, Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Diana and the Hounds, Statue in fountain, Conservatory, Melbourne, Australia

History: In 1935 William Leslie Bowle had three of his designs chosen to be displayed in the Fitzroy Gardens, The Boy and the Pelican, Mermaid and Fish and Diana and the Hounds. The statue of Diana and the Hounds was unveiled by Lord Mayor Cr Coles on September 4th, 1940, replacing a cement statue which was located at the front of the Conservatory. The cement statue was a copy of the Roman Diana, Goddess of Mood and Contemplation (of which the original resides at the Vatican, Italy). The Diana and the Hounds statue was cast in London during World War II and on its journey by sea to Australia, had to dodge German submarines.

Other Public Art Depicting Diana (Goddess of Purity):

Archibald Fountain (Sydney)

 

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