The statue of Isaac Watts is by local artist Richard Cockle Lucas. It is sited in West Park (or Watts Park as it has been alternatively known since the statue was erected) facing south. The statue stands 8 feet high on a tall pedestal of grey marble. On three sides of the pedestal, scenes from his life are depicted on panels of light marble. The panels show him as teacher, poet and philosopher. It was paid for by public subscription, inaugurated by the Earl of Shaftesbury and unveiled 17 July 1861.
Memorials of Inauguration of the Statue of Dr. Isaac Watts. (HS/k)
Proceedings of the Inauguration of the Statue of Dr. Isaac Watts. (HS/k)
Southampton’s Historic Buildings, by R. J. Coles, p36. (HS/k)
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