In the centre of Sloane Square is a lovely fountain of Venus by British sculptor Gilbert Ledward.
Ledward was born in Chelsea in 1888, the son of a sculptor and grandson of a master potter – so it’s no surprise that he won the British Prix de Rome for sculpture in 1913 and, in World War I, served in the Royal Garrison Artillery and later as a war artist. He became a professor of sculpture at the Royal College of Art and in 1937 was elected a Royal Academician. He became president of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and a trustee of the Royal Academy.
Constructed in 1953, the fountain depicts Venus, the goddess of love. Fittingly, the basin section of the fountain is a relief of a famous pair of local lovers – King Charles II and Nell Gwynn. They are featured by the Thames; the King is proported to have kept Nell in a house nearby, where he often visited.