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A dog drinking fountain in Kensington Gardens, London, November 2022

This bronze sculpture by Silvia Gilley was erected in 1961 in memory of Esmé Saville Percy (1887–1957), an English actor, manager and producer, who also loved dogs.

Percy appeared in many plays by George Bernard Shaw. In fact, Shaw wrote the role of Count Aristide Karpathy in Pygmalion specifically for him. He lost an eye in a light-hearted encounter with a Great Dane, yet still loved dogs. And the replacement glass eye added to his fame, when it fell out and rolled across the stage during a West End performance of the drama The Lady’s Not for Burning. After his death, his friends arranged for this sculpture to be created and placed in Kensington Gardens.

 


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 11 November 2022

Posted as part of Becky’s WalkingSquares

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