The Frohman Memorial statue, situated on The Causeway at the entrance to Marlow High Street, has been beautifully restored by Marlow Town Council.
The statue, created by famous sculptor Leonard Merrifield, was placed at the site in memory of Charles Frohman (1856 – 1915), who died in the sinking of the ocean liner Lusitania during the First World War. Charles Frohman was a world-famous theatre producer and manager, producing over 700 shows including the stage production of Peter Pan. Frohman often visited Marlow and had great affection for the town.
The Portland stone statue depicts a nymph, symbolising the spirit of youth. Cliveden Conservation was engaged to restore the statue, undertaking significant cleaning and repairs, including the re-engraving of the inscription below the figure.
The Lusitania was identified and torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank in 18 minutes. It went down eleven miles off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, killing 1,198 and leaving 761 survivors.
The inscription reads: "For 'tis not right that in a house the muses haunt mournings should dwell. Such things befit us not".
Published 7th August 2019