Sir Alfred Gilbert Model for ‘Eros’ on the Shaftesbury Memorial, Piccadilly Circus 1891, cast 1925

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Alfred Gilbert 1854–1934
Title
Model for ‘Eros’ on the Shaftesbury Memorial, Piccadilly Circus
Date 1891, cast 1925
Medium Bronze on marble base
Dimensions Object: 730 x 278 x 670 mm, 31 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1925
Reference
N04176
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1890

Display caption

This is a model for the well-known statue ‘Eros’ (or Cupid) which stands in the centre of Piccadilly Circus. The statue is the crowning part of the memorial fountain to the great Victorian philanthropist, Lord Shaftsbury.

The sculptor wrote of ‘the blindfolded Love sending forth indiscriminately, yet with purpose, his missile of kindness, always with the swiftness the bird has from its wings’. The monument was unveiled in 1893 and was the first London statue to be cast in aluminium.

August 2004

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