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Memorial to Samuel Smith (1836–1906)
Memorial to Samuel Smith (1836–1906)
Memorial to Samuel Smith (1836–1906)
Memorial to Samuel Smith (1836–1906)
Memorial to Samuel Smith (1836–1906)
Memorial to Samuel Smith (1836–1906)
Memorial to Samuel Smith (1836–1906)

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The memorial is a drinking fountain (no longer working) in the form of a tapered obelisk raised upon a pedestal. Semi-circular basins project from the left and right sides. The pedestal formerly had a recessed bronze relief set into each face. The front panel depicted a head-and-shoulders full-face portrait of Smith encircled by an oval of laurel leaves and, outside the oval, a rose motif in each corner. The panel set into the left face, 'Indian Famine', showed a nurse giving water to an emancipated youth who lifted up by a turbaned man. In the panel set into the right face was 'Virtue Thrusting Evil from the Path of Youth', the central figure Virtue, attired in a long gown girdled at the waist, stretches her right arm forward to push back Evil.


Memorial to Samuel Smith (1836–1906)




red granite & bronze


H 1830 x W 237 x D 237 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased by public subscription

Work type

Water fountain, trough or pump


Liverpool City Council


Liverpool City Council

Work status


Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

21st May 1909

Listing date



at all times


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Located at

Sefton Park, Merseyside

L17 1AP

Located near the north-west entrance to Sefton Park.