Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Botanic Gardens, The Boxers

This is one of a pair of marble statues known as "The Boxers", located in the Royal Botanic Gardens. This two-metre high sculpture is a copy of "The Greek Boxer Kreugas" by Antonio Canova which was completed in 1802 and is now in the collection at the Vatican Museum. This statue is one of several made in Italy and installed in the Botanic Gardens in the 1880s.


  1. Handsome sculptures indeed and not ones you usually see in gardens! Terrific! Great shot as always, Jim!

  2. Interesting!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1. Many of the nude statues were removed from the Botanic Gardens in the 1910s and some were destroyed because attitudes changed and they were viewed as a 'menace to public morals'. Perhaps this fig leaf was added for modesty reasons since the original does not have one covering his bits. :)

  4. I think statues really enhance the gardens.

  5. It is an interesting statue! Looks like you had a great visit to the gardens. Great shot!

    1. It was a perfect day to have a look around the Botanic Gardens.


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