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Brown Dog Memorial and Fountain

Photo credit: Historic England Archive

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This statue and drinking fountain commemorated a dog which had been badly mistreated, allegedly illegally, during medical experiments carried out at University College, London. Its erection followed the famous 'Coleridge v. Bayliss' libel case.

The statue was removed and destroyed by Battersea Metropolitan Borough Council on 10th March 1910 after a controversy over its provocative inscription and the ensuing 'Brown Dog Riots'. The statue's removal caused an equal amount of controversy, culminating in a 3,000-strong march from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square, where there was a public meeting on 18th March 1910.

Brown Dog Memorial and Fountain




bronze & granite

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Acquisition method

acquired by public subscription through Miss Louisa Woodward, founder of the World League Against Vivisection and Honorary Secretary of the International Anti-Vivisection Council

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Battersea Metropolitan Borough Council


Battersea Metropolitan Borough Council

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Unveiling date

15 September 1906


not accessible

Inscription description

above the granite bowl: In Memory of the Brown Terrier / Dog Done to Death in the Laboratories / of University College in February, / 1903, after having endured Vivisection / extending over more than Two Months / and having been handed over from / one Vivisector to Another / Till Death came to his Release; below the granite bowl: Also in Memory of the 232 dogs Vivisected / at the same place during the year 1902. / Men and women of England, / how long shall these Things be?


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Located at

Latchmere Park Recreation Ground, Battersea

SW11 5AG