original memorial, unveiled on August 17, 1911,
was located near the corner of Church and Court Streets in historic
Frederick, and was dedicated to the humane efforts of Miss Marie
Diehl, a founder of the Frederick Society for Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals. The
fountain was approximateyl 12-foot tall with a large basin for
horses and a smaller one for
dogs and cats. In the 1940's it was damaged by a automobile to the extent that it had to be removed. It was stored by the City for many years, but now it resides in the Frederick Womens Civic Club garden standing on the only remaining portion of the original base.
figure was based on the 1806 sculpture by Berthel Thorvaldsen (1770-
1844). The daughter
of Zeus and Hera, Hebe is the
goddess of Youth and Spring, and proffers
the cup of immortality at the table of the gods. Hebe stands on her
plinth, raising the drinking bowl with her left hand, her gaze focusing
on it. She holds the jug with a lowered right
hand beside her thigh.
in cast zinc by the J. L. Mott Company of New York, N. Y. the figure
was featured in their 1910 catalog and offered several fountain bases.* Photo from Mott catalog.
City of Baton Rouge in February 2006 re-dedicated their Hebe
which was re-cast in bronze, replacing the original zinc casting.
local branch of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union chose the
statue from a foundry catalogue and donated it to the city. It
is also one of the most popular outdoor sculptures
in the city and offered drinking
basins for animals.**
Copies cast by the Mott Foundry can be found all over the country and are often matched with a unigue bases with many featuring fountains, and perhaps the most well-known copy is the Cogswell Fountain in Tompkins Square Park, New York.
* www.robinsoniron.com, Newsletter, Spring, 2006
** www.2theadovate.com, February 12, 2006