Tuesday, 29 January 2019


Although this statue is generally known as Eros, it was created as an image of his brother, Anteros. 

The sculptor Alfred Gilbert had already sculpted a statue of Anteros and when commissioned for the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, chose to reproduce the same subject, who, as "The God of Selfless Love" was deemed to aptly represent the philanthropic 7th Earl of Shaftesbury suitably, doer of great works in this area of London. 1893.

When I drew this sketch picture Anteros was in the shade, and beneath him were several tourists remonstrating in Italian.

* Anteros was the god of requited love, literally ‘love returned’ or ‘counter-love’ and also the punisher of those who scorn love and the advances of others.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anteros  The writer acknowledges Wikipedia as the source for this information and readily contributes to this vital organisation.

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