Mermaid Fountain (1896), Hyde Park, London, by William Robert Colton, RA. [Click on these photographs and those below to enlarge them.] According to Bradley and Pevsner, this “Art Nouveau maiden [was] replaced in concrete 1970” (663). They call it the Mermaid Fountain, but Byron, who dates the replacement to 1975, entitles it the Colton Memorial (also known as Little Nell).

Photographs by Robert Freidus. Formatting and text by George P. Landow. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


Bradley, Simon, and Nikolaus Pevsner. London 6: Westminster. “The Buildings of England.” New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2003.

Byron, Arthur. London Statues. London: Constable, 1981.

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