Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project

Monument to the "Little Brown Dog", Battersea Park Photograph

Region ID

CL

Work ID

963

Manual Reference

CLWH/MG/4

Type

Sculpture

Title

Monument to the "Little Brown Dog", Battersea Park

Sculptor

Hicks, Nicola

Date of design

Year of unveiling

Unveiling details

12.12.1985

Road

Battersea Park

Precise Location

Woodland walk next to the old English Garden, south of the Parade

A to Z Ref

76 D7

OS Ref

Postcode

SW11

Work is

Extant

Listing Status

Don't know

Duty of Care

Wandsworth Borough Council

Commissioned by

British Union for the Abolition of the Vivisection and the National Anti-vivisection Society

Notes

Statue of a dog on a stone plinth and pedestal, set in a woodland-framed niche.

circa

raw year

Condition

Fair

At risk

No known risk

Inscriptions

On bronze plaques: This monument replaces the original memorial to the Brown Dog erected by public subscription in Latdmere Recreation Ground, Battersea, in 1906. The suffering of Brown Dog at the hands of vivisectors generated much protest and mass demonstrations. It represented the revulsion of people of London to vivisection and animal experimentation. This new monument is dedicated to the continuing struggle to end those practices. After much controversy the former monument was removed in the early hours of 10 March 1910. This was the result of a decision taken by the then Battersea Metropolitan Borough Council, the previous Council having supported the erection of the memorial. In Memory of the Brown Terrier Dog Done to Death in the Laboratories / of University College in February 1903 / after having endured Vivisection extending over more than Two Months / and having been handed over from / one Vivisector to Another / Till Death came to his Release / Also in Memory of the 232 dogs vivisected / at the same place during the year 1902. / Men and Women of England / how long shall these things be? Animal experimentation is one of the greatest / moral issues of our time and should have no / place in a civilised society. / In 1903, 19,084 animals suffered dead in / British laboratories. During 1984 3,497,335 / experiments were performed on live animals / in Great Britain. Today animals are burned, / blinded, irradiated, / poisoned, / and subject to / countless other horrifyingly cruel experiments / in Great Britain. Funded by the / British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection / and / the National Anti-Vivisection Society / Site provided by the / Greater London Council / Sculptor / Nicola Hicks / Unveiled on 12th December 1985

Signatures

Elements

Element Details

Part of work

Material

Dimensions

Dog

Bronze

c. 38 x 55 x 42

Pedestal

Stone

48 x 48 x 138

Four Plaques

Bronze

Base

Stone

squared base 95 (w)

Paved square niche

Paving slabs

Assessment of Condition

Surface Character

Detail

Comment

Corrosion, Deterioration

Biological growth

Algae on stone pedestal and very dirty stone. Most letters on bronze plaques have lost white insets

Structural Condition

Structural Condition

Comment

Replaced parts

A small piece of stone on right face has been replaced

Vandalism: nothing recorded