A double offering of animal fountains this week! I figured I could group them into one post for two reasons: they’re both associated with the Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital, and they both had the merest trickle of water on the day I visited!
Robert Brough Memorial Fountain
This cast-iron fountain was made in England and shipped to Sydney in 1907. But who, you are asking, was Robert Brough? Full name Lionel Robert Brough (1857-1906), he was an English actor-manager who moved to Australia and, among other things, championed the plays of Oscar Wilde at a time when that playwright was no longer even mentioned in polite society back in England. (source)
I’m sure this guy looks familiar! This is one of a number of copies of the original bronze statue in Florence. “In 1962 five copies of [the Florentine] sculpture were cast by the Florence foundry, Fonderia Ferdinando Marinelli. One of the copies was donated to the Sydney Hospital by Marchessa Clarissa Torrigiani in memory of her father and brother. Both had been renown surgeons at the hospital.” (source)
May’s Fountain Photo Challenge theme is “animal or people in it“.