Doulton Fountain

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Glasgow Green, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Exquisite Historic Landmark in Glasgow Sep 24, 2012
Located on Glasgow Green in front of the People's Palace is the Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world. It was originally located in Kelvingrove Park until is was moved to Glasgow Green in 1890. The reason for this is that the fountain was designed by an English ceramic manufacturer named Henry Doulton to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887, in celebration of 50 years since her ascension to the throne and to honor British achievements. It was originally unveiled to the public at the International Exhibition of Science, Art and Industry in 1888, which was held in Kelvingrove Park, and later gifted to the city of Glasgow where it was given a home in the center of the Glasgow Green. It was restored and relocated to its present location in the park in 2005.

Made of terracotta on an iron frame, it stands 46 ft (14 m) high, and with an outer basin measuring 70 ft (21 m) in diameter and believed to be the largest of its kind in the world. It is made in the French Renaissance style, and consists of 5 tiers above the main basin bearing inscriptions and figures that celebrate Glasgow.

Tier 1: Peoples from colonies in Canada, South Africa, Australia and India.

Tier 2: Middle basin with lions head spouts feeding the lower basin

Tier 3: Soldiers from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Tier 4: Water carrying females feeding the middle basin

Tier 5: Queen Victoria at the apex

It is quite an impressive looking sight even from a distance. The details on the figures are quite exquisitely done and capture the essence of their representations nicely. The figures of the colonies are especially intriguing, depicting varied cultures. The Queen Victoria figure is made larger than life, though it is not the original, which was struck by lightening in 1891, but replaced on his own expense by Henry Doulton. It's the kind of thing you wouldn't normally run across in Glasgow unless you were visiting the People's Palace or Glasgow Green in the east end of Glasgow, but worth it for a special trip there just to see it and marvel at the wonderful craftsmanship, historical significance, and tribute to the peoples and achievements of the British Empire. The restoration is superb and a fine example of preservation efforts.

This link contains some information on the condition of the fountain before its restoration:
Fountain Green
View from front of People's Palace…
Fountain w/People's Palace
People's Palace I
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Dr_Seuss says:
Sad thing was that something so beautiful was left neglected for years. Did tell Brian at the time ( and he'll remember now ;):D ) that the skills needed for the restoration had almost died out, and the city council took on four apprentices to revive the skills and ensure the fountain can be looked after properly in future
Posted on: Aug 28, 2013
reikunboy says:
What an interesting fountain
Posted on: Aug 28, 2013
rsvpme says:
Excellent review.....very well illustrated
Posted on: Aug 28, 2013
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