Statues - Hither & Thither

Great Britain
Oxford
Oxfordshire

South East England

Christ Church College  
(Tom Quad)

Mercury Fountain

Messenger of the gods and god of trade, merchants, and travel, in Roman (Mercurius) and Greek (Ἑρμῆς - Hermes) mythology
(Wikipedia: Mercury - Hermes)
Jean de Bologne
acquired 1928

Oxford /  Mercury Fountain   Oxford /  Mercury Fountain

Description

Lead copy of the 17th century sculpture on a pedestal by Edwin Lutyens.

Annotation

The first statue of Mercury, by Francis Bird, was given by Radcliffe in 1695. It was destroyed by the 14th Earl of Derby in 1817.

Colleges in Oxford

Most of the university colleges in Oxford occupy large areas with several buildings and courts ('quads' in Oxford). There are numerous statues, mostly in the façades of the various buildings. The statues with are not visible from the public road. Most of the colleges are accessible for visitors during certain times of the day, some for free, others for a small (or not so small) fee.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 51°45'0" W 1°15'21"

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