Friday, March 22, 2013

Eros or Angel?

Walking around Piccadilly Square I come by the statue of Eros, the Greek God of Love. Even when I am the tour guide for the day for a family member or a friend, I introduce them to the statue as the God Eros. Whoever you ask, they will come to the same conclusion. However, we are wrong. In fact it represents the Angel of Christian Charity.

It was erected in 1892 to commemorate Anthony Cooper, the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, whose tireless work for the poor and mentally ill led to calls for a memorial. The statue was originally placed in the centre of the junction with his bow pointing up Shaftesbury Avenue, but was later moved to the square, aiming down the busy high street of Regent Street.  

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