Edinburgh Castle Collection

THE ROSS FOUNTAIN

The Ross Fountain was installed in West Princes Street Gardens in 1872.

It was cast near Paris, France in the Durenne ironworks in the early 1860’s. It was an exhibit in the Great Exhibition in London in 1862 and was purchased for Edinburgh by Daniel Ross a local gun maker and philanthropist.

It was transported to Leith and arrived in September 1872 in 122 pieces and after great dileberation as to where to put it, it was finally assembled in its current location, where it has remained ever since.

The gold coloured iron structure shows a standing naked woman at the top surrounded by four more seated naked nymphettes representing the arts, science, poetry and industry. Below the first tier are a collection of mermaids.

The celebration of the naked female is typical of classical French design, but it wasn’t appreciated by everyone, Dean Ramsay (1793 – 1872) whose church, St. John’s was near by called the fountain “grossly indecent and disgusting”

The flow of water was disrupted by broken pipework and was dry for over five years until in 2001 a partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council and East of Scotland Water
carried out repairs and allowed the fountain to be displayed in it’s full working glory.

The Ross fountain is now a ‘B’ listed structure of historic importance.

extracted from Princes-Street.com

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Comments

  • velveteagle
    velveteaglealmost 7 years ago

    This is incredible .. what a shot..

  • booboo
    boobooalmost 7 years ago

    This is an extraordinary image Chris Love the colour and mood of this image very well done

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 7 years ago

    The best image of this familiar place I’ve ever seen. Fantastic work!

  • Clarissa Stuart
    Clarissa Stuartalmost 7 years ago

    This has the look of a vintage postcard. I like it very much. Great POV on the castle, and the fountain in the foreground is a nice addition. Interesting lighting. Sunset?

  • dyskodave
    dyskodavealmost 7 years ago

    Great shot…well they all are in this collection!
    i lived in Edinburgh for about a year…I loved it one of my favourite cities in the world…what a great subject to work with…

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlateralmost 7 years ago

    ubar fantastic shot

  • Scott Denny
    Scott Dennyalmost 7 years ago

    Tremendous!!

  • briandhay
    briandhayabout 6 years ago

    Brilliant shot, I used to pass it every day when I worked nearby, never saw it so beatiful. Great work.

  • pijinlane
    pijinlaneabout 6 years ago

    Superb shot

  • David Queenan
    David Queenanabout 6 years ago

    I like the colour of the low winter sun on the castle

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