English Fountains in Paris

The Wallace Collection is one of the finest collections of art in Britain; it is housed in Hertford House, formerly owned by the Hertford family who bequeathed it to the nation at the end of the 19th century. Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquis of Hertford collected most of it, a mix of paintings, porcelain, sculpture and furniture from Paris. They were brought to Britain to protect them at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war.

But what is less known is that the same art collector also erected some 50 public drinking fountains in Paris, a copy of one them was presented by  the London Borough of Shoreditch in 1959 and is now in the forecourt of the museum:

My beautiful picture

My beautiful picture

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