The Wallace fountains are associated with Paris as they were first installed there, but they can be found in many other cities.
After 1870, and the difficult periods Paris had gone through (war against the Prussians, the civil war of La Commune,..), it was time to rebuild the city. Many philanthropists helped, including the discreet and generous Sir Richard Wallace who thought that giving free access to drinking water to Parisians was critical. He designed the fountains to ensure they would be practical, visible but not tacky, robust, and affordable. The sculptor Charles-Auguste Lebourg gave them their final shape with their four caryatids representing kindness, charity, simplicity and sobriety.
Still today, they provide free drinking water and they can be found throughout Paris, with also smaller models.
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