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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