Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)
Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)
Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)
Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)
Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)
Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)
Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)
Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)
Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)
Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)
Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)

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A stylised and slightly abstracted female nude seated on a stone base, cut to suggest waves, with arms raised lifting her hair, her head turned down to the right and a dolphin between her feet. The work is sited in the middle of a circular pond surrounded by a low stone wall and a bed of bullrushes. The sculpture depicts Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, rising from the sea. The figure was for many years known as ‘Bulbous Betty’ by local residents. The work was made independently by a Hammersmith-based artist whose wife had been born in Richmond, and was donated to the borough in 1952. It had previously been exhibited at the Royal Academy. It was accepted by the council after some debate who then installed the work in its present site.

Aphrodite (Bulbous Betty)




Portland stone


H 180 x W 75 x D (?) cm;
Plinth: H 90 x W 90 x D (?) cm

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Acquisition method

donated to Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council

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Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council


Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council

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Located at

Terrace Gardens, Richmond upon Thames

TW10 6RA

Located at the upper, east, side of Terrace Gardens, adjacent to the junction of Richmond Hill and Friars Stile Road.