National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

"Peace", Fountain, West Smithfield Gardens


Type Sculpture , Fountain

     The bronze figure of Peace is draped in a chiton, her head crowned with ears of corn, her right arm extended in a gesture of blessing, her right holding against her side an olive branch. She is portrayed as if advancing with her hair floating out behind and her feet walking on a small cloud, which is in its turn supported by a hemisphere studded with daffodil-like florettes. The bronze figure is at the centre of an architecturally conceived square fountain base of Portland stone and granite, with four radiating steps approaching four bowls, one on each side. At the corners are four square plinths supporting gadrooned urns with lion masks. At the centre, a cylindrical plinth with a continuous acanthus band supports the statue. Sandstone steps form an octagonal base below.
     Buildings of England "The broad pedestal alone survives of its fearsome octagonal-domed Romanesque stone canopy (by Francis Butler)."

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Philip, John Birnie Sculptor
Butler, Francis Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Figure of "Peace" Bronze None
Fountain Portland stone None
Bowls Granite None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Surface spalling, crumbling
  • Previous treatments
Structural condition
Road West Smithfield
Precise location at central of circular garden
A-Z ref 141 K6
OS ref None

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Date of design 1873
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? Not at risk

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