National Recording Project


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

Head of Jupiter


Type Sculpture

     Collosal head of Jupiter placed in bosky setting in the Great Dell. Incidentally, the sculptor never named his creation after the great God.
     The City never commissioned the penniless sculptor but bought this, his last work, from his destitute widow when he died in 1839. Public subscription mounted for the widow raised £100 but had to be added to. His son, John, laid the foundation stone three months after his fathers death. Rock for the pedastel, designed by Thomas Barker, was given by George Allen and selected from Hampton Cliffs to give appearance of natural rock.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Osborne, John Sculptor
Barker, Thomas Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Head Bath stone 183cm high
Base and pedastel Bath stone 600cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Water collection
  • None
Road The Botanic Gardens
Precise location The Great Dell
A-Z ref E 101
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1838
Year of unveiling c1839
Unveiling details c1839
Commissioned by none
Duty of care Bath City Council
Listing status Don't know
At risk? Not at risk

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