14 Feb '12, 12am

Angel of Christian Charity

London’s most famous statute and probably its most loved is always surrounded by visitors, being at the heart of the West End. A beautiful naked boy Eros – Greek mythology for intimate love – shooting an arrow, what could be more romantic? Described after it’s unveiling in 1893 as a “striking contrast to the ugliness of the generalities of our street sculpture” it has remained in Londoner’s hearts. Unfortunately the statute depicts Anteros his rather boring brother whose concern was unselfish and reflective charity and nothing to do with love. The statute surmounts a memorial fountain for philanthropist the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury who campaigned to stop child labour in factories.

Full article: http://cabbieblog.com/2012/02/14/angel-of-christian-charity/

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